Maintaining Mapleton’s roads

by Mayor Brian Wall.

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One of Mapleton’s most valuable infrastructure assets is the 57.2 ± miles of local streets within its network. Maintaining the street network at a high level of service promotes the prosperity of Mapleton’s entire community. Many state and local transportation agencies currently use a pavement management system and/or a maintenance management system to cost effectively preserve and improve their street network.

In October of 2013, Mapleton City asked the Utah Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) to develop a pavement management system that would be used as our transportation plan. This report describes the system’s major elements, the processes, and the work accomplished to facilitate its implementation in Mapleton. The pavement management system provides:

• A complete GIS-based physical inventory and condition survey of the street network

• A needs assessment process

• Analysis of root causes of pavement deterioration

• Analysis of current street maintenance programs

• Recommended maintenance and preservation treatments

• Treatment costs and budget proposals

• A method to evaluate alternate funding scenarios to maximize the average remaining service life (RSL) of the street network

In October of 2015, we invited the citizens of Mapleton to take the MyMapleton survey. Citizen responses to the survey clearly indicated that road maintenance should be a priority for allocation of new financial resources. In fact, 94% of respondents would be willing to pay more in order to maintain roads, and nearly 70% would be willing to increase taxes or fees by $10 a month in order to ensure this occurs.

Respecting the recommendations established in the LTAP report as well as addressing the concerns raised in the survey by you the citizens of Mapleton, the City Council will consider approving a Utility Road Fund on July 6, 2016. It is important that you, as residents, understand that if the City Council approves the Utility Road Fund, each household will be charged a monthly utility road fee to be paid as part of your City utility bill. The fee will go directly to the Utility Road Fund for the purpose of road repair and maintenance of Mapleton’s existing roads.

In order to help answer any questions that you may have regarding the proposed Utility Road Fund, I have asked Staff to hold a Public Open House Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the City Center located at 125 West 400 North. At the Public Open House, we will discuss the new plan, what is being charged, how it’s being charged and why. Feel free to contact our City Administrator, Cory Branch, at 801-806-9104 for further questions.

Reprinted from the June 2016 Mapleton City Newsletter.

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