Keeping up with Paving, Patching & More
Greeley has grown up and continues to grow. You can see evidence of that all
around the city. Not only is our population just shy of 100,000, new businesses
are sprouting up all around and our street inventory continues to expand.
Believe it or not, we currently have 367 miles of paved streets. Those aren’t
individual lanes; that number reflects the actual miles of streets in the city.
- Arterials (main roads like 11th & 47th Avenues) - 65 miles
- Collectors (secondary roads like 13th & 16th Streets)
- 57 miles
- Local (neighborhood streets) - 241 miles
- New (added in 2013) - 4 miles
Many of our newer roads and arterials that have been paved during the last
few years are in pretty good shape. But our Public Works staff doesn’t take
anything for granted. They rate the roads on an ongoing basis with a PQI
(Pavement Quality Index) measurement. This evaluation takes into consideration
surface distress, ride condition, and structural adequacy. Right now, the
overall average PQI rating for all streets is 61 out of 100. This translates
into a “C” average. That’s not great news; however, since 2011 Greeley’s PQI has
increased from a rating of 59. Back to the bad news—our PQI in 1989 was 27
So, what are we doing to remedy this situation? Good question. And the answer
is “a lot.” In the last few years, as Greeley has benefitted from the recession
recovery, some of the new revenue earned every year by the City has been
funneled into road maintenance to supplement the sales tax on food. Seventy
percent of the food tax is earmarked every year for road maintenance. This year,
Greeley streets will get the largest budget ever, $7.8 million dollars, thanks
to healthy revenue from the food tax, 2013 projects that came in under budget,
and additional dollars from our healthy economy.
You can thank the City Council for the decision to add roughly $4 million to
our 2014 road maintenance plan that includes asphalt overlay, seal coat, chip
seal, crack sealing and patching. This won’t solve all our street maintenance
needs as it’s estimated that it takes $12 million dollars per year, every year,
to maintain and improve our PQI, but it is a step in the right direction.
If you’re interested, learn more about this year’s road maintenance plan
2014 Road Maintenance Report.
Roy H. Otto
Greeley City Manager