During a special workshop last week, Bullhead City Council members heard the proposed city street maintenance program for fiscal year 2018-19.
The Neighborhood Street Improvement Program manges the city’s plan to repair or resurface 20 percent of city streets each year.
BHC Public Works Director Keegan Littrell’s proposal includes a two-phase Community Development Block Grant funded project in Old Bullhead City for microsurfacing of the numbered streets on the west side of Highway 95 in areas from First Street north to Seventh Street and in the second phase, road repair and installation of curb, gutter and sidewalks on areas east of Highway 95.
CDBG grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for community development activities, including infrastructure development.
“We have a lot of drainage issues which have deteriorated those (east side) roads, so we’ll do sidewalk, curb and gutter installation to help the drainage and pedestrian mobility in those areas,” Littrell said.
The department noted NSIP progress has exceeded its 20 percent goal per year for the past three years.
“We’ve been shooting for 20 percent and for the last three years, we’ve been doing it,” Littrell told council members. “This last year we just finished up was 22.8 percent and before that was 20.5 percent.”
The project also proposes completion of areas on the north end of Bullhead City that was started late last year, in addition to filling in areas that haven’t been done in the past five years, Littrell said. Additional streets included in the proposal were completed in 2015 by a contractor and according to Littrell they are not holding up.
Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady noted some streets in the Riviera neighborhood are badly deteriorated and requested the department consider including them.
“We have been talking about the Riviera area and we’re aware they’re in poor shape,” Littrell said. “Also down in Palo Verde they’re needing some attention.”
In 2016, council members approved the purchase of a RoadSaver machine, which allows trained city crews to microsurface and slurry seal streets, bypassing the hiring of contractors.
The move is saving the city money, Littrell said.
“We’re stretching the dollars a lot further than we were paying,” he explained. “We’ve paid up to $2.42 a square yard for microsurfacing — last year we were right at $1.02, $1.04 (per) square yard for a Type-2 slurry.”
Type-2 slurry has a greater aggregate size and more emulsion to create a longer-lasting surface, Littrell said.
The department expects NSIP will have resurfaced or repaired 100 percent of streets by the end of 2020.