Fresno city council representatives hold opposing press conferences over gas tax
After heated debate at Fresno City Hall, the city council on Thursday finally approved a plan on how to spend money the city will receive from the state gas tax.
Four city councilmembers representing south Fresno neighborhoods opposed the original project list proposed by Mayor Lee Brand. They contended more money should go to neighborhoods in south Fresno suffering from years of neglect.
Those same council members voted to approve a project list that looked mostly the same as the one Brand proposed — with minor additions.
The most expensive project on the list remains in northeast Fresno. Here’s a breakdown on some of the projects:
- Nees Avenue: Nees will be repaved from First Street to Millbrook Ave, costing $838,000. This is the stretch that includes Sakura Chaya, ampm and the fire station.
Dakota/Maroa/Blackstone neighborhood: This $684,000 project will mostly be neighborhood paving on Dakota from Blackstone to Maroa.
Lane/Kings Canyon/Maple neighborhood: Another $670,000 will be spent on concrete in this neighborhood, plus $200,000 for a slurry seal, which is essentially repairing the surface of the road.
Marks Avenue, Ashlan to Dakota: About $630,000 will be spent on an overlay project on Marks from Ashlan to Dakota, or from 7Eleven on Ashlan through the neighborhoods until Dakota.
Lane Avenue, Chestnut to Peach: This stretch of Lane Avenue that runs past Sunnyside High and Pilibos Soccer Fields will receive about $620,000 in funding for an overlay project.
Cedar Avenue, Barstow to Bullard: Cedar Avenue passing by apartments near Fresno State and the shopping center with The Bulldog Shop will get a new overlay, costing about $605,000.
Harrison/Shields traffic signal: This intersection near Dailey Elementary will get a traffic signal for $582,600.
Santa Fe/Indianapolis/Tielman neighborhood: About $560,000 is marked for paving in this neighborhood nestled against the railroad tracks.
North/Fig avenue improvements: The $549,700 marked for this area will be matched or leveraged with other funds for repairs. The intersection is near Vista Foods Country Market near in southwest Fresno.
Armstrong/Lane traffic signal: About $520,000 will be used to put in a traffic signal at this intersection near John Walsh Elementary.
California/Walnut traffic signal: This busy southwest Fresno intersection will finally get a traffic light, to the tune of $503,100. The intersection is home to Dollar General, the Edison High tennis courts, Franklin School and St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church.
Barstow/Palm: A traffic signal will be installed here, costing about $500,000 in total. This intersection is near Bullard High.
Barstow Avenue, Marks to Van Ness: This residential road near the Fig Garden loop will get an overlay, costing about $445,000.
Dakota/Hampton/Millbrook neighborhood: The neighborhood near Centennial Elementary will receive about $375,000 worth of paving.
Bullard/Sierra/Cedar/ Millbrook neighborhood: This neighborhood north of Bulldog Stadium will receive about $320,000 in concrete work.
Safe Routes to School: The council members representing south Fresno neighborhoods fought for these projects to be added. They will include sidewalks construction and bike lines near John Muir Elementary, Tioga Middle School, Yosemite Middle School and McKinley Elementary. So far, the price of the projects has yet to be determined.