Despite the economic downturn, the city of Hesperia is still spending slightly above its average amount on street paving this year.


At Tuesday's meeting, the Hesperia City Council approved paying San Bernardino-based Matich Corporation $6.9 million to pave 16.4 miles of road in the city.


Over the past 10 years, the city's street improvement program spending has averaged $6.76 million in paving, ranging from a low of $2.1 million in the 2001-2002 fiscal year to a high of $20.9 million in the 2007-2008 fiscal year.


Among the streets scheduled to be paved this year are Appleton Street from Maple to Cottonwood, Arroyo Avenue from Mauna Loa to Pendleton, Balsam Avenue from Mojave to Mesa, Hawthorne Avenue from Mauna Loa to Pendleton, Hemlock Avenue from Mauna Loa to Pendleton and from Lilac to Appleton, Kern Avenue from Mauna Loa to Pendleton, Lilac Street from Maple to Cottonwood, Lincoln Avenue from Mauna Loa to Pendleton and from Lilac to Appleton, Mariposa Avenue from Eucalyptus to Bear Valley, Mojave Road from Maple to Eleventh, Oakwood Avenue from Mojave to Sycamore, Pendleton Street from Maple to Locust, Portland Avenue from Mauna Loa to Pendleton, Redlands Avenue from Mauna Loa to Pendleton, Redwood Avenue from Mauna Loa to Pendleton and Lilac to Appleton and Victor Avenue from Mauna Loa to Pendleton and Lilac to Appleton.


The city will be filling cracks and applying a "slurry seal" to Fourth Avenue from Mojave to Mauna Loa, Eighth Avenue from Mauna Loa and Mojave, Tenth Avenue from Mauna Loa and Mojave, Mauna Loa Street from Third to Seventh, Mojave Road from Eighth to Tenth and the Willow Street bike trail from Seventh to Hesperia Road.


Over the past decade, the city has spent a total of $67.6 million, paved 298.7 miles and slurry sealed another 41.6 miles.


The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place on May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star