TUBA CITY, Ariz.- On Oct. 2, the Navajo Housing Authority hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion of the N608 / Peshlakai Avenue Street Rehabilitation project in Tuba City, Ariz. The event highlighted the improvement of the road section dubbed “Pothole Alley” adjacent to the NHA AZ12-83 Tuba City and AZ12-881 Tuba City Housing Projects. The completed project was funded in the amount of $970,827. This included total demolition and replacement of 1,100 feet of existing street asphalt including concrete curb and gutter. The road rehibition also included street grading and the installation of culverts for proper water drainage. The project began on Sept. 24, 2018 and took less than a year to complete, with final inspection completed on Sept. 19th.
Dwayne Waseta, NHA Interim Chief Executive Officer provided the welcome address to a gathering of more than 50 guests. “One of the things as we celebrate today is partnership with housing,” said Waseta. “I appreciate all of you attending and I hope the community enjoys the hard work that was put into this.”
Kris Beecher, Chairman, NHA Board of Commissionerswas also in attendance and took the time to thank leadership and speak on partnerships. “These types of projects mean more to me than I could ever achieve as an individual because this is my home, this is our community, and what I’ve come to realize is that the work never stops and we continually need to improve our communities,” said Beecher. “We need to work with BIA, the Tribe, NHA, NTUA and other entities to make sure infrastructure is complete. It is important to remember it’s not just one person’s job, it’s the community’s job to complete projects like these, not only in Tuba City, but all across the Navajo Nation.”
“Projects like these really warm my heart, and to have you here with us today, knowing that you are a part of this community and knowing that we’ve done something good for the community,” Beecher added. “I just want to say thank you for working with us (NHA) and I look forward to many more projects going into the future - so thank you.”
Otto Tso, Council Delegate, 24thNavajo Nation Council commended the Navajo construction company for utilizing the Navajo workforce.
“I liked that we had our own Navajo constructor do this and our dollars aren’t being exported off the reservation – these individuals are employing Navajos,” Tso said. “Those are Navajo people that were working, and these dollars were paid to Navajo people to provide bread and butter for their families.”
“This is a great accomplishment, we’ve known that road as “Pothole Alley” … and it’s finally accomplished [fixed],” Tso added. “Take care of the road.”
Other speakers included: Ernest Franklin Jr., Interim Chief Operations Officer, NHA; Ettie Anderson-Abasta, Office of President and Vice President; Joetta Goldtooth, Vice-President, To'Nanees'Dizi Local Government; Angie Williams, Council Member, To'Nanees'Dizi Local Government; and Velma Maloney Begay, Council Member, To'Nanees'Dizi Local Government, and Orville Arviso, President, Arviso Construction Company, Inc.
The event concluded with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a reception.