By Naomi Hatch
The State Route 77 mill and pave project has been completed, and the Town of Snowflake staff has been informed by the Arizona Department of Transportation) regarding the allocation of asphalt millings from the project.
Snowflake, Navajo County and the City of Show Low were the only entities that officially applied for the millings. Of the 20,000 cubic yards available, 5,000 will go to Snowflake, 5,000 to Show Low and 10,000 to Navajo County.
Public Works Superintendent Terry Cooper reported to the town council Oct. 23 that they have looked into several options for placement of the millings, noting critical factors considered for the millings to be applied were ownership, roadway classification, traffic volume and existing conditions.
Because of these factors, staff recommend asphalt millings be placed on West Seventh South from Hillcrest to Porter, Porter from Seventh South north to the existing pavement and Country Club from Porter east to the existing pavement.
Cooper explained that with an average thickness of 6”, those projects will require approximately 4,500 cubic yards of millings, so other options suggested were Third South between Third West and Fourth West, and Hatch Avenue.
Councilwoman Lorri Davis suggested Third South just west of Main Street due to the visibility of that street.
Cooper said that street would require drainage work and is not ready for millings. He went on to explain that the millings need to be removed from the county yard in Taylor as soon as possible, and for the best application, they should be used as soon after removal as possible.
“The best application is to use a belly dump,” said Cooper, noting that they have tentatively scheduled four belly dumps to haul each day until the millings are gone.
Cooper estimated that it will cost $21,250 to transport 5,000 cubic yards of millings from Taylor, which will come from the Highway Users Revenue Fund (HURF) maintenance materials budget line item.
Councilman Kerry Ballard suggested any remaining millings be used on Staley.
Councilman Chris Brimhall suggested the dirt portion of parking lots at the library and the Academy Building could use millings.
Vice Mayor Jason Whiting said he thought that staff’s suggestion for the Seventh West and Country Club areas were good because they are main arteries.
A motion passed unanimously to approve the location for placement of asphalt millings and associated transportation expenditure of $21,250. An amendment to the motion to cap the project at $21,250 also passed unanimously.
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By Naomi Hatch