Farmington spent millions on infrastructure improvements
Mayor's Table video focuses on infrastructure projects
FARMINGTON — After nearly two years of work, orange traffic cones are disappearing from the 20th Street corridor.
The 20th Street improvements were among the millions of dollars of infrastructure projects the city worked on over the course of about a year, according to a Mayor's Table video segment released Monday.
During the video, City Manager Rob Mayes said the city had spent $60 million in the last year on infrastructure improvements. Mayes highlighted some of the projects during the video. He said $23 million was spent on electrical infrastructure. About $7.75 million was spent on new waterlines. The city also spent $14 million on sewer improvements, including about $12 million on the waste water treatment plant. The city also invested $661,000 in the park system, Mayes said.
"We just wanted to provide an update on some of those projects," Mayor Tommy Roberts said when reached by phone Friday.
The segment's focus was the 20th Street project. The video includes a side-by-side comparison of what it was like to drive 20th Street before the improvements were made and what the road looks like now.
The 20th Street project included about $300,000 worth of sidewalk projects to bring the area into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also involved burying electric lines, which cost about $52,000. Storm drainage improvements and pavement overlays also were done during the process.
While the main focus was the 20th Street project, the video also highlighted other major projects, including $12 million spent on the waste water treatment plant and nearly $5 million spent on road resurfacing projects.
"This has been a very, very busy orange barrel season," Mayes says in the video.
While many of the projects done this year were underground, the street projects were more noticeable. When reached by phone Thursday, David Sypher, the public works director, said the city tries to spend between $3 million and $5 million each year on pavement projects to extend the life of the asphalt roads.
"We basically covered a third of the town in crack sealing alone," Sypher said.
Sypher said it is important for the city to work on preserving asphalt before the pavement begins to fail.
For the most part, the road work in the city is wrapping up. Sypher said there are about three weeks left of crack sealing.
In addition, the city is also wrapping up work on the current phase of the 2P waterline in south Farmington. The waterline replacement project led to a lane being closed on U.S. Highway 64 this year in Farmington. Sypher said the current phase of the project, which cost $2.8 million, should be wrapped up in November.
The city also completed several major projects aimed at reducing flooding during monsoon storms. The $1.6 million Porter Arroyo detention pond was completed this year. The first phase of construction on the Villa View detention ponds will be completed in November, Sypher said. Villa View detention ponds' first phase will cost $900,000.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.