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Roy Otto, Greeley City Manager(August 2014)

Keeping up with Paving, Patching & More

Greeley has grown up and continues to grow. You can see evidence of that all around the city. Not only is our population just shy of 100,000, new businesses are sprouting up all around and our street inventory continues to expand. Believe it or not, we currently have 367 miles of paved streets. Those aren’t individual lanes; that number reflects the actual miles of streets in the city.

  • Arterials (main roads like 11th & 47th Avenues) - 65 miles
  • Collectors (secondary roads like 13th & 16th Streets) - 57 miles
  • Local (neighborhood streets) - 241 miles
  • New (added in 2013) - 4 miles

Many of our newer roads and arterials that have been paved during the last few years are in pretty good shape. But our Public Works staff doesn’t take anything for granted. They rate the roads on an ongoing basis with a PQI (Pavement Quality Index) measurement. This evaluation takes into consideration surface distress, ride condition, and structural adequacy. Right now, the overall average PQI rating for all streets is 61 out of 100. This translates into a “C” average. That’s not great news; however, since 2011 Greeley’s PQI has increased from a rating of 59. Back to the bad news—our PQI in 1989 was 27 percent higher.

So, what are we doing to remedy this situation? Good question. And the answer is “a lot.” In the last few years, as Greeley has benefitted from the recession recovery, some of the new revenue earned every year by the City has been funneled into road maintenance to supplement the sales tax on food. Seventy percent of the food tax is earmarked every year for road maintenance. This year, Greeley streets will get the largest budget ever, $7.8 million dollars, thanks to healthy revenue from the food tax, 2013 projects that came in under budget, and additional dollars from our healthy economy.

You can thank the City Council for the decision to add roughly $4 million to our 2014 road maintenance plan that includes asphalt overlay, seal coat, chip seal, crack sealing and patching. This won’t solve all our street maintenance needs as it’s estimated that it takes $12 million dollars per year, every year, to maintain and improve our PQI, but it is a step in the right direction.

If you’re interested, learn more about this year’s road maintenance plan in our 2014 Road Maintenance Report.

Roy H. Otto
Greeley City Manager
Roy.Otto@greeleygov.com
970-350-9770



The City Manager is appointed by City Council as the CEO of the City. The City Manager's staff assists in the executive management of daily operations and provides information and recommendations to City Council for effective policy decision making.