Summer of construction – Monroe’s street project moving along on schedule

A vehicle drives along one of the streets under construction in Monroe Monday morning. A road project affecting virtually every street in Monroe is on schedule.

MONROE — A $5.1 million street project in Monroe is moving along on schedule.

“They are either on or ahead of schedule,” said Lyndon Friant, project engineer for Jones & DeMille Engineering. The general contractor for the project, Staker Parsons, is buttoning up work on several roads. 

“It’s a 120-day contract, and we’re about halfway through the time,” Friant said. “They should be done in the next month.”

In all, some 22 miles of road will be affected by the project, Friant said. 

For some roads, the repairs are a simple chip seal, while others have required a complete reconstruction, Friant said.

Each street is being treated according to its condition and how to best address its needs.

Chip seals are also being applied to the newly constructed portions of the roadway.

“A chip seal is how we preserve the roads,” Friant said. “It keeps them newer, longer.”

Most of the areas near Main Street have been completed, which has been a significant push of the project, said Devin Magleby, public works director for Monroe. He said one of the aims was to have construction directly along Main Street completed before the Pioneer Day celebration July 24. 

The project was funded through a financing package approved by the Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board in October 2018. 

The package included a $1,344,000 loan for 20 years at 2.5 percent interest, $350,000 loan for 10 years at 2.5 percent interest and a $3,498,000 grant.

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