Aug. 1, 2013
Jim Logan, OVN correspondent
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has approved a project that will repave 43 streets in Mira Monte, Oak View and Casitas Springs and build sidewalks for Sunset School in Oak View.
The $2.5 million project, which will be funded by state and federal gas taxes, is expected to begin in September. The timetable for the new sidewalks and repaving will be set by the contractor, which has not been selected yet. The project, approved by the supervisors July 23, went out for bidding Tuesday.
But Steve Offerman, assistant to First District Supervisor Steve Bennett, said the sidewalks project would likely be at the top of the to-do list.
The new sidewalks for Sunset School will run on the north side of Larmier Avenue between Vine and Spring streets, on Vine Street between Larmier and Sunset Avenue, and on Sunset between Vine and Spring. Crews will also build a crosswalk at Larmier and Vine.
The sidewalks follow similar work at Mira Monte and Meiners Oaks schools.
“We have been focusing on getting kids to school safely, making communities walkable, and addressing the backlog of road repaving projects,” said Bennett in a statement. “The work that our staff has accomplished on these projects has been first-rate and has greatly improved the neighborhoods. I’m looking forward to completing more of these projects every year.”
Most of the repaving will be done in short increments, with the majority less than a quarter-mile in length.
The longest stretch is on Encino Drive in Mira Monte. The work will run .78 miles from Creek Road to just beyond Del Valle Street. Loma Drive will be repaved from Highway 33 to Tico Road, two-thirds of a mile.
Crews will also do drainage improvements where possible.
Also on tap are long-planned and much-debated sidewalks on El Roblar Drive in Meiners Oaks. Work on the new sidewalks, which would be on the south side of the street from Lomita Avenue to La Luna Avenue, is still a few months away, said Offerman.
“It’s taking longer than anticipated,” he said, citing delays at county government. “We’re hoping that breaks ground in early winter.”
The supervisors also approved a plan that would repave nearly all the streets in the unincorporated portions of the Ojai Valley that have not been repaved in the past 10 years. That project would stretch over five years. Streets to be repaved would be prioritized based on a county database that tracks the condition of the county’s roads.