Second stimulus spurs project proposals 

An extensive streetscaping project, repaving work and 1,000 new public bike racks are part of a $12 million request that The City is hoping to get funded under the proposed second federal stimulus package.

A second federal stimulus is still being mulled by lawmakers — the House and Senate are proposing separate versions ranging from $25 billion to $40 billion — but local authorities already are lining up projects to be “shovel-ready” in case legislation is signed, which could come as early as March.

The top priority for The City is a $3.3 million project to add curb ramps, make base repairs and repave portions of Noriega Street and Holloway Avenue, according to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, a planning group that’s managing the federal stimulus requests for local projects.

A total of 57 proposals were submitted to the authority by various city departments. But because San Francisco is only anticipating about $12 million in federal stimulus funds, it whittled the requests down to the six most pressing needs.

The projects were prioritized based on their federal environmental review standards, and their ability to be signed and contracted out within 90 days, according to Maria Lombardo, deputy policy director for the authority. The stimulus funding would pay for all but $2 million of those six projects.

The most expensive request is $6.4 million for a pavement renovation of Woodside Avenue and O’Shaughnessy Boulevard. There’s also a $2.3 million proposal to add bulb-outs — extensions to sidewalks at intersections — plant trees, upgrade lighting and improve irrigation on Balboa Street.

Both those undertakings and the Noriega Street project are being managed by the Department of Public Works.
The federal stimulus money would alleviate some of the financial burden for Public Works, which faces a $758 million funding shortfall for paving projects during the next 10 years.

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