Taking steps to put in Searls Avenue sidewalk
Nevada City officials have identified nearly $1 million in potential infrastructure improvements, including a Searls Avenue sidewalk project, that could be partly funded through California’s Proposition 1B funds.
Eleven projects are highlighted in a resolution for City Council approval tonight. But city officials said only some of the projects will be funded with the $400,000 the city is entitled to from the voter-approved state bond fund.
Prop. 1B, which voters passed last November, is designed to fund state and local transportation improvements.
“We need every dollar we can get to invest in the community,” City Manager Mark Miller said.
The cost of needed transportation improvements is greater than what the city anticipates collecting in the city’s transportation sales tax money, Miller said. Also, the transportation tax won’t cover an array of projects as wide as Prop. 1B, he added.
The city could find out in 30 days what parameters the state sets to fund potential projects, City Engineer Bill Falconi said. The city anticipates storm drains could be funded through the state bond, Miller said.
“It’s a wish list,” Falconi added.
The list includes:
• Building a sidewalk on the east side of Searls Avenue and drainage from Sacramento to Valley streets.
• Adding storm drains on Searls Avenue between Bost and Walrath avenues, at West Broad Street and at Lower Grass Valley Road.
• Restoring historic safety rails on South Pine and Boulder streets.
• Rebuilding Doane Road, including a right turn lane for school traffic with a sidewalk on the north side.
• Adding a sidewalk and widening Niles Street for parking from Adams Street to Pioneer Park.
• Adding a walking path on Conley Street between West Broad and Orchard streets.
• Rebuilding Zion Street to Heilman Court to include a sidewalk on the northern side for school and pedestrian traffic.
• Reconstructing the Tribulation Trail and stairway.
• Making surface safety improvements to Gold Flat Road.
The city council meets at 7 o’clock tonight at Nevada City Hall, 317 Broad St.
To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4234.
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