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.
The Streets Division is fully equipped for a full summer schedule of road maintenance and reconstruction projects, including resurfacing and pothole repairs. With increased funding allocated from new sales tax revenue, the Streets Division has hired and assembled a new crew of asphalt professionals dedicated to improving Salt Lake City’s roads.
The new crew is comprised of nineteen highly skilled individuals, many of whom possess previous experience at neighboring municipal organizations. Hired in December 2018, they were quickly immersed in Streets Division operations, including snow removal and crack sealing (pictured right) in preparation for road surface treatments this summer. These surface treatments will protect roads from any further deterioration and help extend their lifetime, an important component of a comprehensive maintenance strategy for the City’s roadway network.
Streets has also acquired the new equipment and materials necessary to improve and maintain more lane miles annually than ever before. New dump trucks, pickup trucks, a sign truck for traffic control, asphalt rollers, 3 pothole patching machines, and an additional paver were purchased and added to Streets’ existing equipment inventory.
With the new surface treatment crew assembled and new equipment in place, Streets is prepared to double the lane miles of road surface treatments each year – from around 70 to 155 lane miles. Maintaining more lane miles on an annual basis will extend the life of our roads and improve the quality of life for residents with better air quality and individual cost savings from decreased fuel consumption and less tire and vehicle maintenance.
Updated April 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|