Town Public Works Engineer Explains Street Improvement Projects

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Street improvements are moving forward in Payson. This year's major project was the reconstruction of McLane Road between Forest Drive and Airport Road. This project also included removing the sharp dip on Forest Drive where it crosses the north branch of American Gulch. This project is nearly complete, with only minor concrete work and cleanup remaining.

Also this summer, a preservative slurry seal was applied to approximately 17 miles of Payson's streets. At this rate all Payson streets will receive a preservative seal every six to seven years. The current plan is to apply slurry seal to a similar amount of streets next summer.

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This year's major project was the reconstruction of McLane Road between Forest Drive and Airport Road. This project is nearly complete, with only minor concrete work and cleanup remaining.

Two projects are currently in the planning stages for construction in 2007.

The first is Mud Springs Road from north of Frontier Elementary School to Granite Dells Road. This project will construct a 2-lane roadway with curb and gutter on each side, sidewalk on the west side and a bike line on the pavement in each direction. The intersection with Granite Dells Road is currently planned as a roundabout, which will facilitate a smoother traffic flow as well as require less additional right of way.

St. Phillips Street from Frontier Street to Bonita Street will be widened and a new curb and gutter will be constructed on each side. There will also be a bike lane on each side and a sidewalk on one side. Bonita Street from St. Phillips to Bentley Street will be completely reconstructed.

The new street section will have a curb and gutter on each side, one traffic lane in each direction, one bike lane in each direction on the pavement, and sidewalk on one side.

Within the next two years we plan to complete Bonita Street all the way to the Beeline.

Storm drainpipe will be installed as necessary on all the street projects to improve the drainage within the Town's right of way. The Town will also be completing approximately six additional drainage improvement projects during the year.

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