Town Streets Slated For Improvements


The town of Payson has developed a seven-year resurfacing cycle for town streets. This means that every seven years we can expect major and local streets to receive treatments to extend their lives and provide good wearing surfaces. The bid was awarded on July 26 in the amount of $382,008.28 for this year's program, which will begin the second week of August and conclude by the end of the month. Here is the full list of streets to receive treatment.

1. All streets in: Woodhill Unit 1, Alpine Heights, Golden Frontier, Country Club Estates Unit 1 and Payson Pines

2. Portions of streets in Manzanita Hills: Antelope Point, Buckhorn Road, Chatham Drive, Deer Trail, Wagon Trail and White Tail Drive

3. Various other streets at a variety of locations including Chaparral Pines Drive, East Frontier Street from the Beeline Highway to Ponderosa Street, Karen Way, Underwood Court, McLane Road from Airport Road to West Houston Mesa Road, West Houston Mesa Road, and Wade Lane from Colcord Road to Meadow Street.

In addition to the slurry-seal project, the town has several street projects on tap for the coming fiscal year.

  • McLane Road -- Forest Drive to Airport Road. This project, which has been planned for several years, has a total price tag of $1.1 million with $500,000 coming through a federal grant. In addition to reconstructing McLane Road to the same standard as the section between Forest Drive and Longhorn Road, the project will also eliminate the low-water crossing on Forest Drive just east of McLane Road.
  • Airport Road -- Falcon Crest Drive to west edge of Payson Municipal Airport. This project, which will realign Airport Road to the south, has a total projected cost of $1.8 with all but $45,000 coming from federal and state grants.
  • Beeline/Airport Road traffic control -- Originally, a traffic signal was planned, but at the July 26 meeting, the town council directed its staff to study the potential of a second roundabout at this location. Estimated total project cost is $388,000, with the town's share being $205,000.
  • Westerly Drive Improvement District -- This project will connect Aero Drive and Main Street, with a bridged crossing of American Gulch, through an improvement district. The town's share of the total project cost of $882,422 is approximately $260,000.

The Surface Transportation Advisory Committee continues to carry South Mud Springs Road as its No. 1 priority. This year's budget carries a reserve of $192,000 for future year projects. Grants are in the pipeline for St. Phillips Street and East Bonita Street.

For more information on the town's street improvement programs, contact LaRon Garrett at (928) 474-5242, ext. 283.

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