The Apache Junction City Council on April 21 approved Cutler Repaving, Inc. as the contractor for the reconstruction of Apache Trail, according to a press release. Construction was scheduled to begin that week.
Apache Trail between Meridian and Idaho roads will have up to two lane closures in both eastbound and westbound directions through May 31. Concrete construction for sidewalk ramps along Apache Trail began April 13 in preparation for the repaving; it will be completed by May 8.
Questions regarding the concrete construction portion of the roadwork can be directed to the contractor, Vincon, at 480-495-3937. Questions regarding the repaving portion of the project can be directed to Cutler Repaving at 785-843-1524.
Superstition Boulevard and Broadway Avenue can be used as alternate east-west routes during the construction.
An extended construction schedule will include work on the weekends and throughout the night. Access to businesses along Apache Trail will remain open during the construction.
Business questions can be directed to Apache Junction’s principal economic development specialist by calling 480-474-5076 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apache Trail is the first project funded through the .2 percent sales tax increase. In December, 2014, the council voted to increase the city sales tax rate from 2.2 percent to 2.4 percent for 10 years with all funds generated from the two-tenths of a cent increase going directly to pay for roadway maintenance and improvements, according to the release.
Historically funded solely through Highway User Revenue Fees, or HURF, the roadway maintenance fund for Apache Junction has dramatically decreased over the past several years. HURF comes from the gas tax that is collected by the state.
In addition to the state sweeping HURF monies designated for cities and towns, Apache Junction’s proportion of HURF has decreased due to census data and a decrease in the volume of gasoline purchased, according to the release.
For construction updates, visit www.ajcity.net/AJRoads.
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