The ride's been a little bumpy on North McLane Road since the town public works department unearthed the street in May to replace sewer lines, water mains and curbs. But if the weather cooperates, the half-mile strip of McLane, between Forest Drive and Airport Road, will be finished by the end of September, said Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett.
Meanwhile, town streets employees are also busy covering 15 miles of Payson's roadways with slurry seal, a concoction of sand and asphalt.
Three other streets projects are also slated for Spring 2007.
Plans are in place to extend Mud Springs Road from Frontier Street to Granite Dells Road. Construction on the project begins in April 2007. A second phase -- to be determined -- continues the street to Highway 260, connecting the north and south legs of Mud Springs Road, currently separated by the highway.
The widening of St. Phillips Street, scheduled to start May 2007, includes a reconstruction of Bonita Road, similar to the McLane Road project. New infrastructure will replace aging sewer lines and water mains.
On the north end of town, the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Airport Road and the Beeline Highway takes steps toward addressing the frustration and danger of Payson's growing traffic problem. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, traffic on that portion of the road has increased from an annual average of 5,000 a day in 2003 to 25,900 in 2005.