New sales tax revenue assigned to the street maintenance budget will be used to increase the number of lane miles maintained each year (filling potholes, resurfacing roads, etc.) — extending the life of the City’s best roads. These improvements benefit the entire community by improving air quality, reducing street reconstruction needs, and contributing to individual cost savings by decreasing fuel consumption and the frequency of tire repair and car maintenance.
New bond revenue funding will allow the City to begin reconstructing its most deteriorating streets and, when paired with new sales tax revenue for streets maintenance, enable the City to prolong the life of its entire street network.
Salt Lake City’s Streets Division is busy preparing for next summer’s increased street maintenance workload. The new crew has been hired, new equipment is ordered and on its way. Streets is also making improvements to its maintenance yard to make room for the new equipment and materials. Using in-house labor and reclaiming waste chips and asphalt debris, Streets will be able to make significant improvements without incurring additional costs. Other budget savings will be used to install more fencing and lighting for security.
In addition to the new equipment, Streets will be utilizing existing equipment as currently the equipment sits idle as the same crew switches between different surface treatment types (chip and slurry seal). Now that idled equipment will be used continuously. Included in the new equipment are three Gap Patch machines that can crack seal in inclement weather.
Chip and slurry seal surface treatments will happen from May to August, with inlays of major city streets happening the rest of the year.
Streets is meeting with the City’s Transportation and Engineering Divisions on a regular basis to plan surface treatment priorities. Part of the treatment consideration includes street condition, other infrastructure projects, planned right of way work, weekly garbage day, the Call to Haul schedule and other factors. Once full crews and trained, the goal is to maintain 155 lane miles annually, that equals 8% of city roads. New city streets ideally will receive slurry seal at 7 years, a chip seal 7 years later. Existing roads are assessed each year to determine which type of treatment is best. Some older roads in poor condition may receive a chip seal to extend their life until they are reconstructed. Streets plans treatments on a three year schedule because prep work is needed 1-2 years prior to surface treatment.
Updated January 2019.
The budget information below is for fiscal year 2018-2019 and reflects a shortened collection period that will begin in August 2018. Budgets reflect additional revenue only and do not represent total department spending or existing sales tax revenue.
|Construction and Surface Treatment Crew||Set up a new road maintenance crew (equipment and personnel). The new crew will allow the City to double the number of roads being resurfaced and improved each from 75 to 155 lane miles||$2,900,000|
|Capital Asset Renewal in Parks||Transfer from Capital Asset Management for parks||$250,000|
|Capital Improvement Program Projects Transfer||The City is required to allocate 7% of the budget to the Capital Improvement Program. In addition to the mandatory $1,750,000, there is a voluntary $2,000,000 contribution||$3,750,000|