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Capital Improvement Program paving our future

Post Date:08/14/2019 2:08 pm

Buckeye addresses our infrastructure needs (roads, buildings, facilities, water, sewer, etc.) through our Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP identifies the city’s infrastructure needs, and creates and manages a variety of projects in a timely manner, and in the most cost-effect methodMiller & Broadway Intersection possible. 

We share your concerns about addressing the traffic congestion on north and southbound streets that lead to I-10. We currently have several projects under way to alleviate this.

Miller Road

  • We are in the process of redesigning the intersections of Broadway, Southern and Baseline, which will include new traffic signals, designated turn lanes and other features.
  • Construction of Miller & Broadway and Miller & Southern intersections are scheduled to start after the first of the year.
  • The intersection of Baseline & Miller will require additional time before construction can start, most likely in the summer of 2020. This intersection is more complicated than the others above, and requires major utility relocation, an irrigation canal and significant right of way to purchase.

Watson Road

  • The intersection at Yuma is scheduled for additional north and southbound left turn lanes, new traffic signal heads and re-timing of the traffic signals
  • Between Durango and Lower Buckeye, the east side of the road is in the design phase to widen this section to include curb, gutter and sidewalks

I-10 Widening

  • ADOT is widening of I-10 between Verrado Way and SR 85. Buckeye is working closely with ADOT, MCDOT and the County Flood Control District on this project, which will include new interchanges at Miller and Watson. 
    • Funds for this project are from state, federal and local funds. 
  • Construction on I-10 is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020, and while this work is underway, Buckeye will install a major sewer line at the same time to better serve our residents and future commercial business on the north side of I-10.
Project Funding

The city’s Capital Improvement Program identifies and prioritizes the city’s infrastructure needs, (water, sewer, streets, roads, parks, new libraries, fire stations, etc.), and creates and manages these projects in a timely, cost-effect manner through the city’s General Fund. 

Miller Southern IntersectionLike many other cities in Arizona, Buckeye has several special taxing districts in place. The only special taxing districts that are used for capital costs to improve roadways are Improvement Districts (ID) and Community Facilities Districts (CFD).

Improvement Districts require a formal agreement between several developers and/or private landowners, and are approved by the City Council. These types of agreements generally build a brand new road where one had never existed before. 

CFDs build infrastructure (roads, water, sewer, etc.) for a particular development or subdivision. 

City Sales Tax 

The city uses its sales tax money in a variety of ways – from building new infrastructure and maintaining our current infrastructure, (streets, sidewalks, water, sewer, trash, etc.) to providing services for residents such as police, fire, before and after school programs, senior services, marquee events, Exterior of Fire Station with fire truck libraries, park maintenance, etc.  

There is also a statewide fuel/gas tax of 0.18 cents per gallon, which goes into the Arizona Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF). These funds are distributed to cities, towns and the state’s highway fund. Cities and towns receive a portion of these monies based on their population. The state, cities and towns use this money for roadway construction and improvements. 

However, the population formula for the amount of funding each city receives puts Buckeye at a disadvantage. For example, Buckeye has more roadways than the city of Tempe, but a smaller population. So, Tempe receives a larger portion of HURF funds than Buckeye. This allows Tempe to address their roadway improvements differently than Buckeye can. 

Your taxes are helping improve our streets and roads throughout the city, but they also provide other valuable services our residents rely on every day.

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