Sunset Drive repairs are first on the 1 percent project list for 2022

Sunset Drive will be repaired this summer between Federal Boulevard and Valley Circle.

It is the first project of the 2022 construction season for the Fix Our Roads Citizens Committee, the group that guides the city’s optional 1 percent sales tax expenditures.

The extra sales tax has been in place for a decade and was most recently approved by Fremont County voters in 2020.

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This year, it has generated an average of $193,000 each month for road and infrastructure improvements in Riverton, public works director Kyle Butterfield said.

The fund held an available balance of $2.83 million on March 1.

The work on Sunset Drive will cost $2.23 million.

Paddleboarding on Davis Lane

Another FORCC project is under design this year to address drainage issues on Davis Lane, where property owners are regularly flooded by stormwater.

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“It drains down between (the homes) and comes down the street and just free-flows,” Davis Lane resident Bethany Baldes said. “It just floods everything along there. …

“I’m planning on opening a paddleboard business this summer and teaching people how to paddleboard in front of our house.”

In 2017, Butterfield said the FORCC committee chose not to participate in the drainage project. But “after again hearing from Davis Lane community members,” he said the committee has now changed its mind.

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The task has been challenging, Butterfield said, as the engineer’s first attempt at diverting the stormwater turned out to be unfeasible.

“Alternatives (were) explored over the course of several months,” Butterfield said, adding, “This Davis Lane project has been a standing agenda item for, I would say, over a year and a half.”

He presented a new solution to the drainage problem this month that would divert storm flows at 137 Davis Lane to a nearby ditch.

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The new proposal also modifies the cul-de-sac at the southern end of Davis Lane, which currently provides inadequate space for a vehicle turnaround.

“In fact,” Butterfield said, “the right-of-way associated with Davis Lane actually ends (before the cul-de-sac).”

Without a right-of-way, Butterfield said, public access to the end of Davis Lane “does not exist,” leaving Baldes, at 2201 Davis Lane, without legal access to her own land.

To remedy the situation, designs for the Davis Lane project will include the construction of “an appropriate public and emergency vehicle turn-around at the southern end of the lane,” Butterfield said.

The council approved spending $22,600 from the 1 percent fund to “see if this option works.”

After the Davis Lane and Sunset Drive expenditures were approved, Butterfield said the 1 percent account now holds less than $600,000.

FORCC

Future FORCC projects will target pavement improvements on Major Avenue and further repairs to Sunset Drive from Valley Circle to North Eighth Street West, Butterfield said.

FORCC meetings are open to the public and take place at 11 a.m. on the second Monday of every month at Riverton City Hall, 816 N. Federal Blvd.

The committee includes chair Art Dykman, vice-chair Rick Gilpatrick, Garry Burnette, Tom Johnson, Kate Martin, Rachel Phillips, Garland Samuelson, Robert Scheidemantel and Doug Stanbury.

Riverton maintains a list of completed 1 percent projects on its website, along with a map.

This map from the City of Riverton highlights the areas of town that have been improved using optional 1 percent sales tax money.
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