Sahuarita Public Works is leveraging funding from the Pima County Regional Local Road Pavement Preservation Program to preserve and maintain 43 miles of road throughout Sahuarita during the next two years. During fiscal year 2017, the Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted a 5-year property tax to fund pavement preservation efforts on local roads.
Sahuarita is making the most of the $520,649 allocated to the Town from the program. Under the existing pavement preservation program, 25% of the pavement preservation budget is spent on roads in poor condition to bring them into fair condition; the remainder of the budget is spent preserving roads in fair/good condition to mitigate degradation. Sahuarita’s roads are holding up better than most roads in other jurisdictions – less than 2% of the Town’s roads are considered poor.
Leveraging the funding provided by the program with in-house expertise and services provided by our Streets Department such as crack sealing, inspections and materials testing will allow the Town to save nearly $200,000 compared to contracting for these services. By combining in-house resources with program funding, Sahuarita Public Works is providing the Sahuarita community with more miles of improved roads than possible with county funding alone.