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(March 29, 2019)

Every week, we will provide a report on pothole repairs, so you know exactly what we are doing.

In the last 10 days (March 18-27), we received 7,407 pothole reports.  This includes every reported location, even locations reported multiple times, so the actual number is much lower.

In the same 10-day period, we estimate we repaired 5,550 potholes.  

How did we come up with this number?  The estimate is based on the amount of asphalt used (775 tons) and the average size of repaired potholes (3’ x 3’ x 8” deep).

We are using this estimate because pothole reports are bundled into work orders for scheduled repairs.  A work order can be one pothole, or a street with multiple potholes, so this estimate is the most accurate number.

It is a monumental task to repair the roads damaged over the winter, but our employees are working hard and catching up, and we ask again that drivers be aware of work zones and the safety of our employees and our contractor’s employees as they do their jobs.

This week, 22 city crews and between 6-10 contractor crews worked on pothole repair daily.  We also worked on Saturday March 23RD and will work tomorrow March 30.

We realize that many of our streets are old and have been neglected for about 50 years.  

Several years ago, we completed an analysis of our streets and determined that to improve all 5,000 lane miles to today’s standards, it would cost $800-$900 million. 

The city receives approximately $20 million annually from the wheel tax you pay, and $40 million from the state gas tax. By law, this money must be spent on roads and road-related expenses, so you can see our needs are much greater than our resources. 

2019 City of Omaha budget: https://finance.cityofomaha.org/ndex.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43:2019-adopted-budget&catid=9:adopted)

We do have a plan, however.

For the past five years, we have put a historic amount of money into street resurfacing. In 2018, we had over $18.5 million in street resurfacing projects. This year, we have 69 resurfacing projects planned.  This compares to just $5 million back in 2012. We also have $320 million in our Capital Improvement Plan. (CIP).for road projects over the next six years.

You can review the CIP at this link; https://planning.cityofomaha.org/images/stories/CIP/2019-2024-CIP_FINAL_ForWeb.pdf

Right now, our priority has been to complete pothole repairs on major streets. 

The average time for repairs, from the date of the report to the repair currently ranges from 8—10 days.

Since March 18, we have prioritized these locations: 

ABBOTT DRIVE

BEDFORD AVE: 30TH TO JOHN CREIGHTON

BLAIR HIGH ROAD

BLONDO STREET:  67TH TO 132ND 

BURKE BLVD: 120TH TO WEST DODGE FRONTAGE ROAD

CENTER: 42ND TO 84TH

DODGE STREET:  72ND TO 78TH

FARNAM STREET: HAPPY HOLLOW TO SADDLE CREEK

FONTENELLE BLVD:  RADIAL HIGHWAY TO AMES

HARRISON STREET: 60TH TO 72ND

“F” STREET: 132ND TO 138TH

“I” STREET: 120TH TO 132ND

“L” STREET:  108TH TO 132ND

LAKE STREET:  16TH TO 30TH

MARTIN AVENUE:  30TH STREET TO BELVEDERE BLVD

PACIFIC STREET:  153RD TO BOB BOOZER

PACIFIC STREET: BOB BOOZER TO APPLIED PARKWAY

PARK AVE: LEAVENWORTH TO ST MARY'S

STORZ EXPRESSWAY

SORENSEN PARKWAY:  30TH TO 72ND

WEST MAPLE ROAD: 144TH TO 204TH

24TH STREET: MARTHA TO “F”

30TH STREET:  LAKE TO CUMING

36TH STREET: LEAVENWORTH TO CENTER

40TH STREET: LEAVENWORTH TO MARCY

42ND & FONTENELLE

42ND STREET:  REDMAN TO NEWPORT

45TH STREET: LEAVENWORTH TO CENTER

60TH STREET: LAUREL TO BROWNE

68TH STREET: PACIFIC TO CENTER

72ND STREET:  DODGE TO “F”

78TH STREET:  CENTER TO PACIFIC

80TH & FRANCES

84TH STREET: “L” TO CENTER

90TH STREET:  MAPLE TO FORT

90TH STREET: INDIAN HILLS TO PACIFIC

90TH STREET: MAPLEWOOD TO BLAIR HIGH

120TH STREET:  CENTER TO “L”

132ND & CENTER INTERSECTION

132ND STREET:  PACIFIC TO CENTER

132ND STREET:  DODGE TO MAPLE