Star Valley To Start Work On Valley Road Crossing

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Work could soon begin on a badly needed crossing at Valley Road in Star Valley.

At the last town council meeting, the board approved hiring CJ Excavation to improve the crossing with a concrete apron, box culvert and new outlet wings all at a cost of $64,000.

The bid is well below the $140,000 the town received through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is awarded through the Arizona Department of Housing and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The town initially approved the project at Goat Camp Wash in 2009, but had been waiting on paperwork and engineering reports to go ahead.

The CDBG program was started with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, according to the Central Arizona Association of Governments.

All CDBG projects either benefit low-income areas, prevent or eliminate slum or address an urgent need caused by a natural disaster.

Star Valley has several other CDBG projects in the works.

The council recently approved spending $180,000 to replace culverts, install catch basins, a wall and improve drainage channels near Quail Hollow Drive. Another $100,000 will go toward paving part of Moonlight Drive.

In years past, funds have been used for emergency housing rehabilitation, a fire hydrant engineering study and making town hall handicap accessible.

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