Street Repairs 101

Spring road repair season is in full bloom, and Salt Lake City’s Streets and Engineering divisions have rolled out a robust schedule for maintaining and replacing winter-weary streets.

A combination of projects managed by UDOT on state highways within Salt Lake City, major roadway projects, and local road repairs will increase detours and require drivers’ best orange cone navigation skills.

On average, City streets crews fill over 21,000 pot holes annually, said Parviz Rokhva, Director of Streets Division.

From spring through fall seasons, with weather permitting, surface treatment will be applied on 75 to 90 miles of City streets. Projects will first be prepared with dig-outs and road stabilization before crews add the blended slurry and chip seal to cracks and fill pot holes, Lani said.

Salt Lake City Streets and Engineering teams recognize that while residents welcome infrastructure repairs, the work presents drivers with delays.

“We recognize residents face some inconvenience in navigating City roads during construction season, so we work to minimize access issues by delivering flyers to homes about a month in advance,” Lani said. “We will notify residents by flyer again a few days before the project starts and again on the morning of the operation.”

These projects are funded under the FY17 City budget, which ends on June 30th. In her FY18 recommended budget, Mayor Biskupski proposes $1.9 million be reallocated from the Capital Improvement Fund and dedicated to shovel-ready projects for the coming year—with street repairs prioritized. This brings the total funding recommended for 2017-18 to roads, sidewalks, and other infrastructure to more than $8 million.

Busted street 2The reallocation of CIP funding is covered under a new policy that focuses money on shovel-ready projects—those that have multiple phases or can be completed in two years.

The FY18 recommended budget is under review by the City Council, which by state law must adopt a budget by June 22, 2017.

The following projects are in line for major repair or full reconstruction this season:

 East Capitol Boulevard from 500 North to 1055 North 

  • Asphalt roadway will be repaired, new striping for vehicles and bicycles will be added, and some sidewalk and curb/gutter repairs will be performed.
  • The project is scheduled to begin in early to mid-June, with a 60-day estimated time frame.

Indiana Avenue/900 South from the Jordan Surplus Canal to 3600 West

  • A 50-foot roadway will be installed, including new sidewalk on the south side of the road.
  • A new storm drain system and water main will be installed, including swales (depression to carry away rain water) to mitigate storm-water runoff.
  • Lane striping, including bike lanes, will be improved.
  • The project, begun in fall of 2016, is scheduled for completion in September 2017.

 900 West from North Temple to 2100 South

  • This large project will include milling and resurfacing of the roadway with an asphalt overlay between North Temple and 950 South.
  • Safety enhancements will shorten pedestrian walking distances, and provide ADA ramps and curb bulb-outs at Genesee Avenue and 700 S.
  • At 800 South, colored crosswalks will be added, but no curb bulb-outs.
  • Other safety features include: flashing beacons at 700 South; relining and spot repairs to existing sewer mains; and lane striping that includes bike lanes between North Temple and 1700 South.
  • The project is scheduled to begin in late June, with a 90 day-construction timeframe.

 Local Streets Repair (shorter than two-block stretches)

This season will focus on shorter length street projects in the northeast portion of the City. This work includes pothole fills, and chip seal for cracks.

Berkeley Street from 2100 South to Wilmington Avenue.

Simpson Avenue from Wyoming Street to Broadmoor Street.

Normandie Circle from Harvard Avenue to the north terminus.

Wilmington Avenue from 2000 East to 2100 East.

Wilmington Avenue from Highland Drive to 1300 East (may be delayed due to the timing of the ShopKo site development).

Construction on these jobs is set to start in late June, with a 90-day time frame.

Glendale Street from 700 South to Indiana Avenue.

800 South from Glendale Street (1150 West) to the east terminus (by the Jordan River).

Construction on these two projects is scheduled to begin in late May, with a 60-day time frame.

 For more information on City projects, including information on UDOT-managed repairs to state highways in Salt Lake City, please visit:

http://www.slcgov.com/engineering/engineering-project-information

For information on various types of repairs and materials, please visit:

http://www.slcgov.com/streets/streets-asphalt-maintenance

To report potholes and other street and sidewalk maintenance issues and to request a repair, the City suggests downloading SLC Mobile, a free app that will put residents on a repair request list.

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