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2004 Media Releases


Date:
April 22, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Karl Fredrickson, Asst. City Engineer, 441-5673
Thomas Shafer, Design and Construction Manager, 441-7837


Street Repair is Priority for Mayor
More than 70 residential blocks to be rehabilitated

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced that the City is spending more than $4.5 million to repair major arterial streets this year, including more than $1 million for street rehabilitation in residential areas. Public Works and Utilities Director Allan Abbott said street crews have also repaired more than 6,000 potholes so far this year.

"The condition of our streets is a major priority for our City because it has a daily impact on our quality of life and on our safety," said Mayor Seng. "The amount of repairs we are able to do depends on the funds we have available, so we are very careful to allocate our resources where they are most needed."

The criteria used to determine which streets will be rehabilitated include the current condition of roadway surface, the condition of the curbs, the type of base, traffic volumes and types of traffic. Abbott said the City has been able to repair more than 100 residential streets each year for the last several years. This year, the funding will cover 70.5 residential blocks because some blocks require more structural repairs instead of simple resurfacing.

"We have a great deal of street work now going on, and it's important that we do not put our workers in danger," said Mayor Seng. "Motorists are urged to be careful and slow down in construction areas."

Mayor Seng said sidewalk repair is another priority. "I am very pleased that we were able to allocate $1 million this year for sidewalk repair, double the amount the City allocated last year," said Seng.

A list of street rehabilitation projects is attached. That list, a map of the sidewalk repair schedule and other information can be found on the City web site, lincoln.ne.gov, under Public Works and Utilities. Citizens can fill out a street service request form available on the home page of the City's web site, and they can report potholes by calling 441-7646.


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