Friday, October 28, 2011

Sun Valley streets need attention

As street superintendent for the city of Sun Valley, I feel fortunate to have such a great job. I confess that the 2 a.m. calls to plow snow are challenging, but I enjoy working for the city, its residents and its visitors. Sun Valley is truly a world-class community, and it's an honor to be entrusted with helping keep it that way by overseeing the city's roads and paths.

All that plowing and maintenance have given me a first-hand look at every square yard of road and path in our city. Unfortunately, things are not in great shape. That's why it's important for people to learn all they can about the bond election.

If the bond passes, we will be fixing our roads in the most cost-effective way. Rather than digging everything up and starting over, we will use a technique called CRABS (cement reinforced asphalt base stabilization) that is only one-third of the cost. CRABS allows us to recycle the old asphalt and makes a very good base. Using the CRABS process corrects drainage issues and improves shoulders, which extends the life of the road. Best of all, our roads have a new, smooth driving surface.

Why do we need to do this now? It's time. Sections of the roads and paths are nearing the end of their useful life. We are fortunate that the roads and paths have lasted this long without issue. It is a testament to the City Council's commitment to annual maintenance funding and to the work of city staff that the life span of our roads and paths has been extended as long as possible.

I hope you will learn more about this bond, and plan to vote on Nov. 8. If I can answer your questions, give me a call at 622-4438.

Bill Whitesell

Blaine County

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