Kane Creek Road reconstruction could top city’s capital spending priorities

Matter to be finalized at next council meeting

The top project is the $2.1 million reconstruction of the disintegrating Kane Creek Road. Photo by Doug McMurdo

Staff with the City of Moab have been working in recent weeks to determine the city’s top capital investment priorities over the next four years — projects like road improvements, sewer line replacements, roundabout installation and more — and the list will go before the city council in two weeks for finalization.

The list was generated by a scoring rubric previously approved by the city council that considers, for each proposed project, the likely funding source of the project, the public utility of completing the project, the sustainability impacts of the project and other matters.

The project at the top of the list, scoring 80 out of 100 possible points when assessed by city staff, was reconstruction of the disintegrating Kane Creek Road. The project would cost the city $2.1 million over the course of two years but rejuvenate the worst portions of the road between Main Street and the bend in the road at the Colorado River.

Second on the list was green infrastructure improvements on 100 south, and tied for third were sewer main line improvements south of town and a new roundabout on 100 West at the intersection of Williams Way and the planned entrance of the city’s new parking garage.

The sewer line improvements are among the costliest on the list, costing approximately $5 million over the course of four years, but would rehabilitate ailing sewer lines in the southern part of the city.

The lowest-cost items on the list are Center Street Ball Field redevelopment, which is a $300,000 item, and upgrades to Swanny and Lions parks, which together would also cost $300,000. The items scored low on the list, however, receiving scores of 59.5 and 33, respectively.

Also near the bottom of the list, scoring 33.5 out of 100 points, was a project pitched last year to replace the Center Street Gym, which was constructed in the 1960s. The idea had popped up after a costly sewer failure at the facility last year disabled the use of the bathroom for a few weeks, during which time portable bathrooms had been located outside the gym.

Replacing the Center Street Gym would also be one of the costliest of the projects on the list, putting the city out $5.3 million. The timeline for the project would put it on the city’s spending docket sometime after 2024, if pursued at all.

The list will be augmented before it is back up for consideration in two weeks by the city council.