A list of 30 road improvements were reviewed and ranked by the town's Capital Improvements Project Committee this week.
Topping the list of projects the committee prefers to see considered in a bond election: pushing Mud Springs Road through from Frontier Elementary School to Highway 260.
According to information provided to the committee by Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett, the project will relieve a lot of traffic congestion on East Bonita Street, South St. Phillips Street and East Frontier Street. Garrett's memo said most of this traffic is for the Frontier Elementary School.
The estimated cost presented for the project is $740,000.
Before the committee ranked the improvements it heard several citizen protests. There was concern that some of the projects would have a negative impact on established neighborhoods, even going so far as to displace some residents.
Since little or no actual right-of-way surveys or engineering has been done on the projects, the protests were based on speculation.
The committee ranked the projects on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being an improvement most needed for safety and serving the most citizens.
Projects ranked with 90 points or more:
- East Bonita Street, from Highway 87 to St. Phillips Street
- Traffic signal at Airport Road and Highway 87
- South St. Phillips Street from Bonita Street to Frontier Street
- Traffic signal at Mud Springs Road and Highway 260
- Sidewalk along McLane Road from Airport Road to Houston Mesa Road
- West Wade Lane, curb, gutter and sidewalk, from Colcord Road to Meadow Street and on the west side of Meadow Street from Wade Lane to the existing improvements at Bonita Street
- West Rumsey Road from McLane Road to Highway 87
- McLane Road, from Forest Drive to Airport Road
- Frontier Street, from St. Phillips Street to Mud Springs Road
- Manzanita Drive, from Highway 260 to Timber Drive