May 10, 2017 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff WriterLocal residents have told the Fix Our Roads Citizen's Committee that the alley behind Rocky Mountain Sports, 709 N. Federal Blvd., needs extra attention.
FORCC relayed the concern to the Riverton City Council on Tuesday and suggested using money from the 1 percent optional tax for a resurfacing project.
The council agreed that some improvements were needed but opted to use city funds to complete the work.
Public works director Kyle Butterfield presented four options to the council on different ways to fix the pavement, along with associated costs. He noted that several members of FORCC were conflicted about whether 1 percent money should be used on alleys rather than main streets.
The stretch of alley, which is 22 feet wide, starts at East Pershing Avenue and ends before the McDonald's alley, because that alley was paved by the business when it built on the location a few years ago.
The city would improve 495 feet of that alley.
"It's a highly used alley, as many people take it to easily get to a traffic light after visiting McDonalds," Butterfield said. "It's also used by local travelers who wish to avoid going on North Federal when they're headed north."
This alley also requires consistent repairs from the city's streets and alleys crews, he noted.
"To put it in perspective, we have graded this alley three times already this spring," Butterfield said. "Because of the moisture, because of the use... it's one that sees a lot of potholes (and) rutting."
Council member Kyle Larson mentioned the "considerable littering of garbage" that has also been evident in that alley in the past.
"Right now, it's a matter of that pavement (that) keeps just washing away," he said. "And we know that unless it's something permanent in there you're going to be after that as long as you're here."
The four options represented four different amounts of material and work that would be required. They also ranged in price, from roughly $2,700, to $87,900.
There's an available balance of roughly $250,000 in the 1 percent fund.
Option No. 1 would bring either crushed base and recycled asphalt to the alley to create a more durable surface than the existing base, but the area would still need maintenance in the future.
Option No. 2 would mean grading a reverse crown in the alley to improve drainage and not push water onto adjacent properties, Butterfield said. Then crews would apply asphalt to the already fairly flat alley.
Being flat doesn't help with drainage, he added. A reverse crown would put the water running right down the middle at the asphalt seam, ultimately causing cracking.
Option No. 3 would involve adding a concrete valley pan to the asphalt-paved alley, providing a more durable channel in which water could flow.
Option No. 4 was simply to do nothing and continue applying maintenance to the alley using city funds.
Butterfield noted that the businesses along the alley are not obligated to rebuild that surface. He also pointed out that the alley has a street sign designating it as North Ninth Street, but it's platted as an alley and belongs to the city.
"We found that (the signage) was an error," Butterfield said. "That street sign was actually across the street, so the Ninth Street (sign) truly designates the road moving to the south to Pershing."
A roadway has to be 50 feet wide to be designated a street.
The council discussed the idea to double the amount of recycled asphalt used in option No. 1. They also asked about drainage improvements and utilities on site.
Going back to the verbiage of the 1 percent money requirements, council member Tim Hancock posed the same question about the specific use of the funds.
"I just don't know if an alley really fits into that," he said.
After council member Mike Bailey confirmed with Butterfield that he could find money in his department budget to fund the alley project, he made the motion to approve option No. 1 with use of current city budget money and not 1 percent funds.
The council and mayor voted in favor of the motion.
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