When government works to efficiently provide services and assistance, it's great. But when government is conducted in a clunky, mistake-prone manner, it can be a royal pain in the rear end for taxpayers who are affected.
It's been a rough past year for residents of Ogden Canyon. Orange cones, heavy equipment, night closures, water shutdowns, one-lane roads, and traffic congestion as a long $8 million project to replace an obsolete water line was done.
While that now-completed project was going on, there were persistent complaints from taxpayers living in that area that their water pressure was far too low for their needs.
This week Ogden Canyon residents learned they would bear the brunt of another hardship, this time on a state repaving project on the road, which began in late August.
According to Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders, an error was made concerning the asphalt formula. After it was laid, it was determined that it failed to meet required specifications.
As a result, the completed section will have to be milled out and replaced.
That won't happen until next summer, though. It's too cold for the asphalt to set correctly, says Saunders. Granite Construction is the state-hired contractor for this $600,000 pavement treatment project.
This is probably good news for residents of the canyon, as well as commuters, who have endured enough. The only current construction is at the mouth of the canyon, a city project to replace a burst pipeline and the effects of a landslide. That will finished by November.
That allows for a several-months break in taxpayer-funded construction, until the repaving of the previous repaving starts. That added inconvenience is only slated to last a few weeks, says Saunders.
There is one silver lining to all the hassles. Despite the clunky, taxpayer-annoying, pain-inducing process, when all's finished, there will be a better water system in Ogden Canyon and a better road.