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Road construction American Canyon

Information about road construction projects, like this work taking place on Los Altos Drive, is now available on the city of American Canyon's website.

Noel Brinkerhoff, Eagle

With more money on the horizon for street repairs, the city of American Canyon has launched a website informing residents when their roads are scheduled for work in the coming months and years.

Starting in July, Napa County will begin collecting a ½ cent sales tax dedicated to improving existing roadways under the 2012 Measure T adopted by voters.

American Canyon will receive its first disbursement of Measure T funds next January.

The city is expecting to get an average of $1.15 million annually in Measure T monies, which can be spent on repairing current streets, not building new ones.

With numerous roads in need of resurfacing or other work, American Canyon has a long list of projects scheduled over the next few years.

That information is now available publicly via the city’s website, along with an interactive map to help residents locate their street and learn what work is planned for it.

“Those visuals really help,” said Mayor Leon Garcia on Feb. 6 when the City Council was shown the website and map of street repairs.

Those visiting the roadwork website will find background information on Measure T, as well as multiple ways to view roadwork data. The site can be found under “Latest News” at cityofamericancanyon.org.

For example, clicking on the interactive map where it shows Rio Del Mar opens a window saying this street is scheduled in 2019 for mill/overlay work.

Mill/overlay entails removing 1-2 inches of roadway and replacing it with new asphalt.

Visitors to the site can also click on one of five boxes that contain a list of all streets scheduled for work during a particular fiscal year.

The listings include information on the condition of each road, ranging from very poor to very good, and what type of repairs will take place.

Interim Public Works Director Steve Hartwig told the City Council that the schedule of work takes into account infrastructure changes as well. Hartwig brought this factor up to help explain how his department prioritized street repairs.

In cases where local sewer or water lines are in need of replacing or repair, the Public Works Department scheduled asphalt resurfacing so it comes after the infrastructure work to avoid paving more than once.

Hartwig mentioned the current work being done on Los Altos Drive as an example. The city needed to replace aging sewer lines beneath this street, but waited to repave it until the pipes beneath it could be taken care first.

The website also includes street repairs already done (in 2016-2017) or being performed in the current year (2017-2018). Funding for those projects came either from the city or state or federal transportation programs.

In order to receive Measure T money, American Canyon must submit to the Napa Valley Transportation Authority — the agency collecting the tax — a “Master Funding Agreement,” a draft of which was submitted to the City Council on Feb. 6 for review.

The city must also spend a certain amount of its own tax money on continued road maintenance to qualify for Measure T help. It cannot use Measure T to supplant local expenditures for transportation, according to Hartwig.

Under a formula established by Measure T, American Canyon must spend at least $36,357 a year on its own for road repairs.

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American Canyon Eagle editor

Noel Brinkerhoff has been editor of the American Canyon Eagle since 2014. Prior to that he covered state politics in Sacramento for the California Journal.