Salt Lake officials say $87 million for roads a matter of pay now, or pay more later

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  • stevan madrigal Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2018 11:21 a.m.

    RE: wer
    "Mush of what needs to be repaired is due to inept construction and repairs."
    Really?
    Do you know what constitutes acceptable construction?
    Are you saying that both materials and construction standards are not currently enforced?
    Are there specific roads that you believe are of poor quality?
    As a taxpayer, I expect these construction projects to be completed as per specification, which in UDOT's case are above average for materials and execution.
    As an inspector of same, I ensure that they are.
    Our roads are exceeding the traffic counts they were designed for; new construction is overdue - Pay now.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2018 10:28 a.m.

    @wer:

    Your "let's pay later" suggestion lacks logic. SLC has been making stop-gap repairs to our roads, and as you acknowledge, those kinds of repairs are inadequate. We need to fix those roads and do it right, or we'll pay more in the long run.

    To do otherwise is like refusing to replace your broken window with glass, but instead covering the hole with a sheet of plastic and some duct tape, and then blaming the plastic because the rain came in and ruined your floor. Postponing necessary maintenance is never a good move.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 16, 2018 11:57 p.m.

    How about we pay "later". For those of us who have driven out of state, we have found out that Utah roads, especially in SL valley, are among the worst in the country. Not talking just about those that haven't been repaired. It's any and all. Drive along a new or recently
    "repaired" road. They are just plain awful. Mush of what needs to be repaired is due to inept construction and repairs.

    Does Utah use different standards than other states? How does what passes for "completed" get passed at all?

    Let's pay later in hopes that, somehow, the folks that extract tons of tax money and waste it on second hand construction get replaced with folks who know what good road construction ought to be.