The Granite Shoals City Council approved contracts to build more culverts like this one at Churchill Drive. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro
Street and road improvements dominated the discussion during the Granite Shoals City Council’s regular meeting Aug. 10.
City staff presented a list of streets to be upgraded in the 4 miles of planned improvements. They include Churchill, Kingswood, Moss Downs, Hillcrest, South Lake, Forest Hills, Valley Way, Shorewood Downs, Clear Cove, and Blue Cove. Cost is $350,000 with all work done by the city’s street department.
“It is a lot of money to be spent, but we have to spend it,” City Manager Jeff Looney said at the meeting. “We’re doing cement stabilization in the base of the asphalting.”
The council also approved contracts with Qro Mex Construction Co. Inc. for 15 culverts at Kingswood Drive totaling $19,000, 13 culverts on Churchill Drive at $19,500, and eight culverts on Valley Way Drive at $16,000.
Council members asked for a list of priority streets for the 2021-22 fiscal year. While city staff compiled the list, Looney explained the criteria used to determine which roads would be on it.
First is condition, whether the street is deteriorating and the type of surface on the road.
Second is traffic — the amount of and what types of vehicles use that roadway. School bus traffic will be figured in as well.
Another is density, or the number of houses on a street, especially new homes that are being built.
The last is drainage issues, meaning some streets have ditches that need to be cleared to allow water to safely flow off of roads and grass that needs to be cut.