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(April 21, 2017)

Omaha, NE – Forty-one street resurfacing locations have been identified for the 2017 road construction season. The estimated total project cost is $13 million dollars which also includes construction of ADA ramps and curbs. 

The schedule includes 26 residential projects and 15 major street projects  for a total of 81.43 lane miles.  Funding for these projects comes from multiple sources including gas tax, vehicle registration fees, general obligation bonds and sewer revenue.  

The residential work is scheduled to begin in June following City Council approval of project bids, the major projects were approved by the Omaha City Council in January and will start in June and July.

All 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, bids have been received for repair of seven brick streets at a cost of approximately $400,000.  Addition locations will be evaluated and added to reach the budgeted amount of $500,000 for brick street repair.

Concrete panel replacements are also planned for approximately $1 million or more.

“Street repair is an imperative city service to taxpayers and to me; it’s one of my top priorities,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “We are increasing the budget every year to improve both neighborhood and main streets. We are making progress and we are committed to improving our infrastructure.”

In addition, the citizen advisory group created by Mayor Stothert to review the policies for repairing unimproved streets has completed its recommendations for a new city policy which will be drafted by the Public Works Department.

The primary goals of the committee were to determine a cost-sharing method for unimproved street repair, considerations for high poverty areas, selection and prioritization of street project locations, and development of a clear process of communication between the City and neighborhoods that participate in a Street Improvement District or a Road Maintenance District. 

The new policy will be reviewed by Mayor Stothert and the Omaha City Council next month.