Mayor Chris Beutler today said the City continues to improve streets at record levels, with nearly 18 miles of arterial streets and 80 blocks of residential streets repaired last year. He said increased investment, new ideas and innovation are leading to better streets for Lincoln
"When I took office nearly ten years ago, we knew that getting additional resources for streets was a high priority for our community," Mayor Beutler said. "We have taken action and increased street funding 58 percent since 2009. The impact of that is clear. Even more importantly, however, is that taxpayers see that their dollars are being invested with care, competence and creativity to deliver the highest level of results."
The Mayor said the City has improved over 90 miles of arterial streets and 632 blocks of residential streets since he took office in 2009 by investing wheel tax dollars, State gas tax funds, federal funds and savings from the Antelope Valley Project.
"Just as importantly, we are finding innovative ways to get the most out of every dollar," he said. "New equipment, technology, materials and strategies are helping us make faster and longer-lasting repairs. They are enabling our crews to be more efficient and complete more permanent repairs. In short, our transportation team is matching specific road needs with the most cost-effective maintenance and repair strategies."
Public Works and Utilities Director Miki Esposito said the new equipment and materials are having a noticeable impact on the department's ability to complete pothole repair. Since May 2016, the City has been using four new pothole patching machines that allow one crew member to do the work that previously required four. Crews also began using new patching material that works better on damp surfaces and has produced longer-lasting repairs.
"This new technology serves as a force multiplier, allowing us to stay on top of repairs in less time using fewer resources," Esposito said. "As a result, we are able to redirect crews toward completing more permanent repairs."
Esposito said the City is also using new repair mastic material to fill road gaps and cracks. It adheres to the existing roadway and flexes with the roadway expansion, allowing it to last longer. New milling machines are capable of removing damaged asphalt more than 10 times faster than previous methods, allowing crews to complete a higher volume of permanent repairs.
"These are just a few examples of how our transportation team is driven to seek new methods, technologies and strategies that improve our streets," Esposito said. "Thanks to the significant investment the public has made in transportation these past eight years, we are accomplishing more than ever and seeing tremendous benefit."
Esposito said the Public Works and Utilities Department will release plans for the upcoming street construction season on February 23. More information on the department is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: public works).