Between each house in Greeley and every city in northern Colorado you’ll find a road. We all drive them, ride them, walk along them, or use them in one way or another. Driving along a road many of us have contemplated strong language of condemnation when we hit a pothole.
Hopefully, most of us won’t find too many rough patches of road on our commutes that prompt the mental inquisition of a street’s life value and moral fiber.
We’ll admit that a handful of years ago Greeley’s roads had more of those rough patches then any of us wanted. That’s why when voters approved the Keep Greeley Moving program and 0.65 percent sales tax to improve roads, we got excited.
Then we got busy. We got really busy. Each year since the tax’s approval, the Keep Greeley Moving program (KGM) works on more than 60 miles of streets with our crack seal, seal coat, overlay, and other road treatments.
Last year, in particular, turned out to be an excellent year for the KGM program. The program’s second major road expansion project, the 71st Avenue road and bridge reached substantial completion.
Greeley’s bidding process got us a great price for the overlay project contract, and we completely repaved almost 15 miles of Greeley road. We even managed to take a bite out of the massive backlog of concrete repairs by replacing more than 11,000 feet of curb, gutter, and sidewalk, all of which the city agreed to take ownership of when voters passed Keep Greeley Moving.
The City of Greeley did a lot that we are proud of in 2018. We’re looking forward to the important work we will do these next few years as we head into the backside of the KGM tax’s seven-year lifespan. Look at what that will include at keepgreeleymoving.com .
Roy H. Otto, City Manager