The Public Works Stimulus Plan moves $3 million of County projects to construction this spring to help support and stimulate northern Arizona’s local economy, which has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan, which includes strategic investments in road infrastructure across the County’s road system, will allow local and regional contractors to break ground on capital improvement, pavement preservation, road resurfacing and other projects during the 2021 construction season.
Stimulus projects are funded by the County’s Transportation Fund, which includes revenues from the gas tax, vehicle license tax, and Prop. 403, the County’s Road Maintenance Sales Tax. No County general funds were used for these projects. By law, these transportation funds cannot be used for any other purpose than road maintenance and reconstruction. The Stimulus Plan projects listed here are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen factors that include economic downturns, which impact the total revenue generated from the sales tax and the gasoline tax; annual maintenance costs, such as snow severity and the cost of oil, gasoline & diesel; road and/or bridge failures; response to natural disasters; and other factors. Projects selected are based on a variety of criteria, such as level of traffic, current road conditions, public safety, and cost.
The Coconino County Board of Supervisors approved the Public Works Stimulus Plan on February 4, 2021. A press release regarding the plan is available here. Descriptions of Stimulus Plan projects are listed below.