Navajo Nation Road Material Surfacing Project has been completed. The
project, which began last August, added much-needed road surfacing
material to sections of four well-traveled BIA school bus routes: N21,
N70, N6720 and N6732. Approximately 10,000 cubic yards (500 truckloads)
of material was used to surface about 9.5 miles of these roads. This
major effort was completed with no safety incidents.
Works recently received approval to utilize approximately $300,000 in
Prop. 403 funds dedicated to Navajo Nation road maintenance that will
add much-needed road surfacing material to various locations along
several well-traveled Navajo Nation roads that are currently maintained
by the County.
Earlier this year, Public Works and the Bureau of
Indian Affairs (BIA) recently identified four County-maintained Nation
roads - N70, N6720, N6732 and N21 - that have areas with a high clay
content that make them very susceptible to moisture, which creates muddy
driving conditions and hinder travel during and after inclement
weather. To help address this issue, County crews will "plate" these
areas with one inch of cinder gravel road surfacing material that will
be transported from Public Works' Sheep Hill material pit.
Approximately 10,000 cubic yards (500 truckloads) of
road surfacing material was used for this project. Public Works funded
the cost of the road materials, hauling and installation and will use
County trucks and equipment for this project, which is scheduled for
completion in November, weather permitting.
The goal of this three-month maintenance treatment
project was to create a better all-weather driving surface on these
Nation roads, which also serve as integral Nation school bus
routes. This wasespecially important for Road N21, which provides access
to and from Page. Helping to keep N21 open and passable will help to
bolster the economic vitality of Page and lower costs for those entities
that service the Nation.