Q: Why are streets that are in good condition, like Pioneer Trail, being repaved, while McLane, which is in desperate need of work, neglected? How are these decisions made and who makes them?
A: The streets are not being repaved, according to Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett, they are being slurry sealed. "Slurry seal extends the life of pavement that is in fairly good shape," Garrett said. "It's a very inexpensive way to delay total reconstruction, which is extremely expensive."
He said McLane must be reconstructed from Forest Drive to Airport Road, and the work will cost more than $1 million.
The street work taking place is part of a seven-year rotation to do all the streets in Payson. The slurry seal has a five- to seven-year life expectancy, he said. Garrett said he recommends which streets to work on, and the council makes the decision whether to approve his recommendation.
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