A trio of August street projects will upgrade some well-traveled roads in Payson.
The council approved a chip-seal program on Aug. 2 that would refinish parts of Airport Road near the west end of the airport to Vista Road and from Vista Road to Mesa Drive, near the Payson Pioneer Cemetery.
Town engineer LaRon Garrett said that the rubberized chip-sealing project would add seven to 10 years of life to those streets.
"Those roads were in real poor shape," he said. "Hopefully this will remedy that."
The project should begin in the next two weeks. Most of the construction should only take a day or two, Garrett said.
"These are real quick, daylong projects," he said.
A slurry seal project is set to begin Thursday, to repair roads in four subdivisions in town.
Roads in the Payson Ranchos area, near Roundup and McLane Roads, in the Payson North subdivision near Easy Street and Sherwood Drive, in the Cowtown Estates area, south of Frontier Elementary School and in the Woodhill Unit 2 subdivision on the western end of Sherwood Drive, will be the focus of the project.
Slurry sealing is another type of road repair that prolongs the life of streets. It will add five to seven more years of use.
Another project will ease traffic congestion in the southeastern portion of town, Garrett said.
Mud Springs Road is finally undergoing the process to be extended, after nearly eight years of discussion and red tape.
Garrett said that the road will be lengthened about 2,000 feet north and connected to Granite Dells Road. The bulk of the project will aid traffic flow near Frontier Elementary School.
"We needed better traffic circulation in the southeastern part of town and this will facilitate that," he said.
The Mud Springs Road extension project began last Monday and should take at least three months to complete. Garrett said that it would likely be finished by the end of October.