Keep Greeley Moving

Improving Greeley’s infrastructure,
one block at a time

Keep Greeley Moving

Improving Greeley’s infrastructure,
one block at a time

Keep Greeley Moving

Improving Greeley’s infrastructure,
one block at a time

Keep Greeley Moving

Improving Greeley’s infrastructure,
one block at a time

Keep Greeley Moving

Improving Greeley’s infrastructure,
one block at a time

Keep Greeley Moving

Improving Greeley’s infrastructure,
one block at a time

Keep Greeley Moving

Improving Greeley’s infrastructure,
one block at a time

2016 Información

Revisión del último año del programa

2016 Accomplishments

One page summary of 2016 accomplishments

Maintenance Maps

Planned work in Greeley for 2017

2016 Keep Greeley Moving Report

A year in review of our 2016 accomplishments and plans for 2017.

Opportunity to Accelerate

When voters approved the Keep Greeley Moving sales tax for street improvements, road capacity projects and concrete repair it truly was a turning point for the city’s infrastructure. The measure passed with a 57-43 percentage margin, demonstrating voters’ confidence that City government would follow through on the commitment we made to improve Greeley’s streets.

We can say with certainty that we are keeping our promise—major and minor road work projects were completed last year and we’re now gearing up for the 2017 construction season.

At the same time, the City Council is considering a ballot measure for November of this year that could help Keep Greeley Moving maintain the momentum we’ve already seen and completed more work on our backlog of needs. You’re probably wondering, “How could there be another measure this soon?” Because of Greeley’s healthy economy in a few sectors, the tax revenue generated the first year exceeded the original $9.4 million estimate by about $997,900. Due to Colorado’s TABOR regulations, voters will need to weigh-in on the City’s ability to keep those dollars for additional road work via the Keep Greeley Moving program.

City staff have put together a list of roads that could be added to the Keep Greeley Moving project list including an additional 8 miles of overlay work in several neighborhoods beyond what was originally planned. The funds would likely include work on some of the worst roads in Pheasant Run, College Green, and Bittersweet neighborhoods, as well as the 28th Street frontage road on the north side of Hwy 34.

Even with this initial progress, we all know street maintenance and improvement needs are ongoing. With a backlog of 80 miles and $55 million in road repairs, it’s obvious there’s more work to be done.

Background

November of 2015 was a turning point for Greeley’s streets when residents approved the Keep Greeley Moving 0.65% sales tax for street improvements, road capacity projects and concrete repair.

The Greeley City Council and City staff would again like to express their most sincere gratitude for voters’ positive support. The measure passed with a 57-43 percentage point margin, and we’ve already begun to fulfill the commitments we made to residents. The tax has a seven year life which started January 1, 2016 and voters will undoubtedly have an opportunity to re-authorize the tax before it “sunsets” in December of 2022.

The tax was estimated to generate $9.4 million in the first year. This amount combined with $2.6 million from Food Tax revenue will provide roughly $12 million annually for street projects. The graphic on the next page illustrates the annual funding allocation for each of our four commitments in the Keep Greeley Moving program and the following pages describe the details.

In fact, the Greeley economy outperformed expectations, thus the 2016 revenue will be higher than the estimated $9.4 million mentioned above. Due to TABOR regulations, we will need to ask voters if the City can retain the additional revenue to complete our commitments and potentially fund additional road and concrete projects.

With 36 miles of roads needing a complete asphalt overlay at a cost of $23.6 million and an additional 45 miles needing overlay work at a cost of $28.8 million, it’s obvious there are many street needs in our city. We are optimistic that the 0.65% sales tax will help us touch 60 more miles each year with crack seal, seal coat, overlay or other needed treatments.

The City of Greeley has the responsibility of maintaining 371 center lane miles (849 lane miles) of streets every year. Greeley’s streets are rated on a 0-100 Pavement Quality Index (PQI), a nationally recognized pavement rating system. The City’s goal is to have 90% of all Greeley’s streets with a PQI of at least 65.

This bar graph below identifies the percentage of streets in poor (<40), good (40-64) and excellent (65-100) condition.

Currently only 176 miles or 47% of our streets have met our goal with a PQI above 65.

Over the past several years, the City has been able to significantly improve the condition of collector and arterial roads but has made little progress on local neighborhood streets. A major contributor to the decreasing PQI was a lack of dedicated funding. Additionally, our PQI decreased because a minimal amount was spent on local roads, which make up two-thirds of our roadway system.

The increase in PQI from 58 in 2013 to 61 in 2016 was due in large part to an additional contribution averaging $4 million annually from 2011 to 2015. These one-time contributions from the general fund were made possible by higher severance and sales tax revenue due to a robust local economy and savings that were realized by lower general fund expenditures.

Poor – PQI 0 to 40

  • Local 8.5%
  • Collector 7.2%
  • Arterial 2.6%

Fair – PQI 40 to 65

  • Local 49.2%
  • Collector 35.4%
  • Arterial 39.5%

Good – PQI 65 to 100

  • Local 42.3%
  • Collector 57.4%
  • Arterial 57.9%

Commitments