When the tap turns on a new countywide sales tax on July 1, Trower Avenue will be the first Napa street to benefit from the fresh stream of funding.
Two sections of the east-west route in north Napa will have repairs paid for through Measure T, the half-cent tax Napa County voters approved in 2012 and that takes effect next month.
The revenue, which cities must use for road maintenance, will allow the city to repair pavement, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, as well as install new streetlights, on two sections of Trower – from Highway 29 to Jefferson Street and from Dry Creek Road to Linda Vista Avenue.
On Tuesday, the City Council cleared the Trower Avenue work to go to construction bidders at an estimated cost of $1.4 million.
Public Works Director Jacques LaRochelle called the project Napa’s first to be supported by the new sales-tax stream – so chosen, he told the council, partly to improve safety on a busy roadway before public schools reopen in August.
Napa has forecasted receiving $7.88 million, just over 40 percent, of the money the Measure T tax will raise countywide in 2018-19, its first year. In addition to the Trower upgrades, other tax-funded projects scheduled by the city over the next 12 months include resurfacing Trancas Street and five streets in the Westwood neighborhood, as well as improving stoplights, sidewalks and gutters on other routes.
Revenue from Measure T, which replaces an expiring half-cent tax for flood-control work, must be used for the repair and rebuilding of roads and surrounding fixtures such as drainage, curbs, sidewalks, lighting and signage.
Each city is required to calculate what it spent for road maintenance between 2007 and 2010, then maintain that spending level in future years. Local governments file five-year work plans with the Napa Valley Transportation Authority to show how and where the funds will be used.
Tax funding in Napa is forecast to total $41.5 million over the next five years and is slated to pay for upgrades along Soscol Avenue in 2019-20, followed by Laurel Street in 2020-21, Browns Valley and Redwood roads in 2021-22, and Lincoln Avenue in 2022-23.