ROY -- Motorists may find smoother riding on one road in Roy, thanks to Weber County and the Weber Area Council of Governments. The city received a $209,000 grant to make improvements to 4400 South between 1900 West and Airport Road.
The grant is non-matching, so the only money the city will pay for improvements to the road will be for labor, which city employees may perform.
City Manager Chris Davis said he was excited that the city has the money to make needed improvements to the road, especially in light of increased traffic at the Ogden Hinckley Airport. Davis said the city plans to add curb and gutter along the north side of the road plus make some improvements to the south side. There will also be a new overlay on the road.
Some council members suggested that other improvements be made while the initial work is completed.
City Councilman Willard Cragun suggested that the crown of the road be examined because entrance into some of the businesses along the road is rough.
Davis said he hoped that would be one of the items fixed.
City Councilman John Cordova suggested that a bike trail be put along the north side. He mentioned that he had conversations with a member of the Riverdale city council about the path, in hopes it would connect the two cities by bike trail.
Mayor Joe Ritchie said that point had not been made in their meetings with the Riverdale and Ogden mayors, but that it definitely could be looked at.
"At this point it is not costing us anything but labor," said Ritchie, who wondered how much it would cost to add a bike trail.
Cordova didn't think it would be much more than the cost of paint, but asked the city to take a look at the idea.
"We have the only commuter rail stop in the area and people now are taking a pretty rough path," Cordova said of a bike path from Riverdale, Roy, South Ogden or Washington Terrace.
Cordova said he feels it would be a perfect path to get to the commuter rail stop on 4000 South.
City Councilman Dave Tafoya congratulated the city, especially Davis and Ritchie for going after the grant.
"It's going to be a good thing to improve that area and tonight we have suggested some ideas to make it even better," Tafoya said.