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Bay/Seaside Storm Drain Project Funded by Gas Tax Begins Aug. 6
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 2, 2018
Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166
SANTA CRUZ — The City of Santa Cruz begins work on the Bay Street/Seaside Street Storm Drain Improvement Project on Monday, Aug. 6. Funded by SB-1 “gas tax” monies, this project includes new drain inlets and a pedestrian ramp. There will be minor traffic impacts until the expected project completion on Aug. 22.
This storm drain project is located at the intersection of Bay and Seaside streets where two drain inlets will be installed. A pedestrian ramp will also be constructed on the northwest corner and a manhole will be modified. Work will be performed by Anderson Pacific Engineering Construction.
Two-way traffic with bike-share lanes will remain open with a reduction in lane width. The sidewalk on the west side of Bay Street will be closed; signs will be posted.
This project is the fifth of four storm drain improvement projects in response to localized flooding funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
These “gas tax” projects strengthen the City’s existing storm drain system, allowing rainwater to better drain from the street making the roadways safer. This project’s cost is approximately $68,000.
City of Santa Cruz projects planned for fiscal year 2018-19 to be funded by the “gas tax” total $1,175,000. In fiscal year 2017-18 City projects were funded with about $425,000 in “gas tax” monies. Over ten years the projected SB 1 total the City will receive exceeds $18 million.
SB 1 was passed last April and over the next decade will raise more than $50 billion for transportation projects in California. The money will be split equally between state and local projects. More information can be found at: http://rebuildingca.ca.gov/.