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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
April 18, 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Bill Nass, Maintenance Coordinator, 441-7087
Jim Visger, Design and Construction Manager, 441-7837

Mayor Says Street Maintenance and Repair a Priority
Mayor orders 104 neighborhood blocks to be rehabilitated

Mayor Don Wesely today announced that the pothole repair season is under way and that $5 million will be spent to repair major arterial streets and 104 residential blocks this year. Mayor Wesely reminded motorists to take extra care in driving around city crews filling potholes and repairing streets. The city Public Works and Utilities Department has been able to start making permanent pothole repairs as the asphalt mixture required becomes available from the manufacturer.

"We repair street potholes all year, but permanent repairs can only made in warmer weather," said Mayor Wesely. "Fortunately, our relatively warm winter has resulted in fewer potholes than last year. We urge citizens to report potholes that need attention."

Citizens can call the pothole hotline at 441-7646, or they can fill out a street service request form available on the home page of the cityís web site at www.lincoln.ne.gov.

"Every year Iíve made street repair a priority, and for the last several years, Iíve ordered that more than 100 residential blocks be repaired or resurfaced," said Mayor Wesely. Wesely quadrupled the number of neighborhood blocks rehabilitated in 1999 and has continued that high level each year.

"Maintaining our city streets is a core service that affects every resident every day. It affects our economy and our quality of life," said Wesely. "Residential street repair is a priority because it has a positive impact on the appearance of neighborhoods, property values, traffic conditions and safety."

Potholes are created when water seeps into cracks in the pavement, freezes and expands. Bill Nass, Maintenance Coordinator in the Street Operations Division, said asphalt used to make permanent repairs can only be used in warmer temperatures so the plants that manufacture that type of asphalt close during the winter months.

"The recent warm weather has increased not just pothole repair work, but also clean up work such as street sweeping, cleaning storm sewers and getting debris out of ditches," said Nass. "We have been able to repair potholes reported on arterial streets within about three days and on residential streets within about four days."

The $5 million allocated for street rehabilitation this calendar year includes $2.9 million for arterials, $1.6 million for residential streets and another $500,000 for contingencies and engineering work.

Jim Visger, Design and Construction Manager, said a ranking system is used to determine which streets will be rehabilitated. The criteria include the current condition of roadway surface, the condition of the curbs, the type of base, traffic volumes and types of traffic. Visger said this is the third year the city is using a more durable asphalt, which is similar to that used on interstates.

A current list of street rehabilitation projects is attached. The list is also available on the city web site, www.lincoln.ne.gov, under Public Works and Utilities.

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