Road projects hitting Richfield

Crews begin work on a road project in Richfield City Friday afternoon. The project includes approximately $4 million worth of improvements to city transportation infrastructure.

There’s construction in the north, construction in the south and plenty of construction in the middle as Richfield City embarks on a $4 million project this summer.

Crews began work on a roads project in Richfield City that will refurbish and repair the majority of the streets on the east side of town. The project also includes repairs on the west side of town.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but we feel it will be worth it,” said Matt Creamer, city manager. 

Much of the project will focus on a microseal process, Creamer said. Instead of the traditional chip seal, where a layer of oil is put down and then covered with gravel, the microseal incorporates the oil with the gravel.

“We’re really excited for it,” Creamer said. He said the microseal is a process that is used by the Utah Department of Transportation, and appears to have several advantages.

One of the advantages is that it doesn’t result in the loose gravel that can cause paint chips, damage windshields and result in piles of small rocks winding up on the sides of roads and in gutters. 

“It also may be able to fill in some irregularities in the road and provide a better finish overall,” Creamer said.

The city is also improving Flying J Drive on the north side of town as part of the project. Several intersections are also due to be reconstructed as part of the project including two along 800 South at Cove View Road and 300 West and another at 600 North and Upland Drive.

Staker Parsons is the general contractor on the project.

In a separate project, the intersection of College Avenue and 1300 South is being upgraded and expanded so that a traffic signal can be installed. Rasmussen Excavation is completing the new traffic signal work. 

Richfield City was awarded more than $4 million dollars from the Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board for street improvements in February. The funds were split evenly between a grant and a low-interest loan. It will take the city approximately nine years to pay off the loan.

The city’s portion of the funding is being paid with gasoline and highways tax. 

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