Gardner’s 10 year pavement management program continues to move forward with $1.8 million spent in 2016 and 27 lane miles of improvements made to area streets.
Funds for the project are from a half cent sales tax voters approved in 2015 for rebuilding and maintaining all of Gardner’s infrastructure, such as roads, sidewalks, curbs, stormwater and trails. The special purpose sales tax began on Jan. 1, 2016 and will run for 10 years. The tax replaced a prior half cent tax that was designated for parks.
The 10 Year Pavement Management Program, was initiated to preserve and maintain Gardner’s street network.
In August, 2015, the public works department estimated $6.6 million was needed thru 2019 and then afterwards $615,000 would be budgeted into the operational budget to cover the rest of the costs to repair the city’s infrastructure. It was estimated about 205 lane miles were in need of repair.
City officials estimated the tax would raise approximately $10 million, or about $1 million annually, before it sunset in 10 years