Installation of new sewer and water lines is part of the contract. Those streets which have infrastructure that should be replaced within a few years will have new utility lines installed concurrently with this road construction so that the new roads will not have to be dug up again.
City officials state that roads built to the specifications called for in the contract should last for 30 years.
The total contract is for $2,000,000. Funds came to the City from the CIB (Community Impact Board), with $1 million an interest free loan. The other million is a grant. About 19-20 blocks of roads within the City limits will be rebuilt at an average cost of $100,000 each.
Monies which goes to municipalities throughout the state from the CIB comes from royalties from minerals, oil and gas and other natural resources.
San Juan County is one of the principle sources of funding for the CIB with our vast natural wealth. In return, the CIB has been kind to many worthy projects within San Juan County, especially since the resurgence of the copper and uranium industries.
CIB also funded much of the $2 million necessary for construction of the new Monticello Swimming Complex.
While there is always an element of annoyance that accompanies long rows of orange cones, clouds of dust and blocked streets, the final result may be a wonderful facelift for Monticello and will be well worth the inconvenience while the work is being done. Work should be completed in about three months.