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(April 6, 2018)

Mayor Jean Stothert has authorized additional funds to be spent on street repair this summer.

Approximately $3 million will be added to the current budget for new projects, bringing the current total to $18.5 million.  Budget projections for 2018 show the additional funds are available in the Public Works budget. These projects will be primarily concrete panel repairs throughout the city. The locations are being determined now.

In the State of the City speech in February, Mayor Stothert announced 58 initial street resurfacing projects for 2018 at a cost of $15.5 million.  Contracts have already been awarded for 15 projects at a cost of $3.9 million. Work will begin in a few weeks. 

This month, the City Council will consider a contract for residential and major street resurfacing which includes 24 projects, total cost $5.8 million. 

A third package (see attached map MAPA-5044(7) Major Street Resurfacing) will be bid later in the year.

“We have made street repair a priority,” said Mayor Stothert.  “We will continue to look for opportunities to increase funding for effective, long-term repairs.”

Resurfacing projects are selected based on traffic volume, history of maintenance and related costs, current or upcoming utility work, and the condition of the street using the PASER (Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating) rating system.  PASER is a national average developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Transportation Information Center.  PASER uses a 1-10 scale to rate the street condition, 1=failed, 10=excellent.  The average PASER rating is 7.8 for major, secondary and connector streets in Omaha.  Streets with a PASER rating of 4 or lower are prioritized for resurfacing.

In addition to asphalt resurfacing, Mayor Stothert has budgeted $600,000 to continue the brick street repair program.

Maps of the first 58 resurfacing projects are at this link:https://www.cityofomaha.org/latest-news/454-street-resurfacing-to-begin-in-april

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