Fix the city’s broken roads and crumbling infrastructure

Driving on Salt Lake City’s roads should not feel like navigating an obstacle course. For too long, the city has failed to keep up with our broken roads and crumbling infrastructure.

On the City Council, Erin doubled the number of workers fixing our city’s roads. They’re out on our roads now and next year we’ll have fixed twice as many miles of roadway as we did last year.

As mayor, Erin will:

  • Accelerate street repairs and use the Salt Lake City app to increase the city’s response time for filing potholes;
  • Stop giving away tax dollars to developers by failing to properly invest “impact fees” and start pursuing federal grants for infrastructure projects again; 
  • Tap into new revenue streams for financing road improvements without increasing the burden on taxpayers; and
  • Create the first new strategic plan for the city’s roads and infrastructure in more than two decades.

Deeper Dive

Nearly two-thirds of Salt Lake City streets are in a condition described by the 2017 Pavement Survey as “poor” or “worse.” Many years of neglecting road maintenance has left us with big potholes and big repair bills. 

Erin knows that by fixing potholes, working families spend less time and money in lost wages and on flat tires and car alignments. Better transportation infrastructure will help local businesses thrive. Better roads will make commuting safer for those who choose to bike instead of drive when they can; a decision we want to help more people make as we work together to improve the quality of the air our children breathe. As we open three new bus routes in August and continue to expand with the intention of investing in new electric buses, better roads will help us minimize on-going maintenance costs and extend the lives of our equipment.

As Chair of the City Council, Erin prioritized road maintenance solutions, creating ongoing revenue to double lane mile maintenance and maintenance crews. She took an $87M bond to voters on last November’s ballot through the Funding Our Future initiative, and secured the County Transportation Option to bring in millions annually for road maintenance. 

Even with the bold investments we made last year, we still have a long way to go to deal with deferred maintenance. We can do more. My administration will doggedly pursue federal infrastructure grants and do a strategic audit of our bond portfolio to assess opportunities for road improvement initiatives.

Erin applauds the city’s rapid response to graffiti removal requests, and intends to explore ways to update and improve systems for faster response times to fill potholes and make other requested street repairs. Erin is intrigued by creative annual pothole repair programs in other cities, such as the Pothole Palooza in Washington, D.C. that has filled over 400,000 potholes since 2009. She will work with relevant agencies and cherry-pick the best ideas from around the nation to design programs for Salt Lake that will enable us to work together and produce results with no new taxpayer investment. 

Common sense and basic tenets of fiscal responsibility tell us that not paying regular maintenance bills is no way to manage our city. As Mayor, Erin will make decisions that do right not just by you but by your kids, so that when they start paying taxes they won’t be hit by growing costs of deferred maintenance. Erin will keep us headed in the right direction of better roads and wise investments as your next mayor.