I love Summertime. It’s the season for ballgames, picnics, vacations, nature walks, and road construction! Well, maybe I don’t love that last one quite so much, but we’re knee-deep in several important projects in Richfield, and we will continue to see a great deal of street improvements over the next 2 or 3 months.
Local contractors are currently working on three different projects. The largest is a road maintenance project that will impact virtually everyone in town. Using the road funds that are generated through the gas tax and the voter-approved transportation tax, the City went to the Community Impact Board and received funding for a $4 Million street improvement project. We pledged those tax monies for repayment of a $2 Million loan, and we were awarded an additional $2 Million in grant funds! I’m thrilled that we’re able to do twice as many roads for the same amount of City tax money.
You may have seen road improvements already near Flying J, the hospital, Upland Drive, and elsewhere. Along with overlay projects in several areas, streets in several large areas of town will be microsealed. This is a relatively new process we’re using instead of chip-sealing. Instead of putting down a layer of oil and placing rock chips on top, the microseal process combines oil and smaller rock chips and lays it down in a single step. UDOT has used this process with great success, and we’re excited to get a better, smoother result without the dust, the mess, and the broken windshields!
Other projects now underway include the completion of the College Avenue/1300 South project, which will facilitate a new traffic signal at that busy intersection. We’re also starting the final phase of the 100 East project, for which we were also able to secure a $1 Million grant to keep the costs low for city taxpayers.
UDOT has been a great partner and huge help on all of these projects, and we appreciate them so much.
Please be patient as you deal with orange barrels, temporary road closures, extra noise, and other minor inconveniences. I promise the finished product will be worth it! Also remember that there might be a child popping out from behind one of those barrels. School starts next week, so slow down and take extra care to keep everyone safe!Mayor David Ogden