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2009 Media Releases


Date:
March 17, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Chad Blahak, City Stimulus Coordinators, 309-4608
Greg MacLean, Public Works and Utilities Director, 441-7566


MAYOR ANNOUNCES CITY ROADS STIMULUS PACKAGE

Mayor Chris Beutler today said the City will use its share of federal stimulus road funds for the rehabilitation of arterial streets. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law in February provides $9.3 million in road funding for Lincoln. Beutler has directed the City Public Works and Utilities Department to add $6.9 million in local street funds for a combined package of $16 million. (A list of street projects follows this release.)

"We have arterial streets in desperate need of improvement in every corner of the City," Beutler said. "These are the streets we drive everyday, and they are critical to our neighborhoods, our businesses and our future. Combining our local funds and the stimulus dollars will create jobs quickly, provide the most bang for the buck and make our streets smoother and safer."

The Mayor said the federal and local funds will allow the City to rehabilitate 310 blocks of 25 arterial street segments. In contrast, he said, Lincoln has resurfaced only one arterial street segment of 22 blocks in the last five years due to tight budgets. The City estimates the projects will create or save hundreds of jobs.

Beutler said new road construction projects not on the stimulus list are very important, and the City will continue to seek state and federal funds for them. But he said many of those projects are not eligible for stimulus funding because the funds cannot be obligated within one year. "We need to focus on what we can do, and what we can do is fix the roads we already have," he said. The Public Works and Utilities Department said the City can rehabilitate 7.8 miles of streets for the same cost as building one mile of new four-lane road.

The City uses a pavement management system to identify which streets are most in need of repair and the most appropriate means of extending the useful life of the streets. Mayor Beutler directed the Public Works and Utilities Department to update the data last summer.

"As a result, we have current information that puts us ahead of the curve in identifying which streets are the best candidates for rehabilitation," he said. "My proposal to couple local and federal funds will allow us to address most of the roads rated as 'poor' or 'fair.'"

Beutler thanked U.S. Senator Ben Nelson for his role in negotiating a bi-partisan solution that resulted in a bill that will stimulate the economy. "We can create jobs while protecting the largest asset our City has - our billion-dollar investment in our City streets and roads."

More information on the City's stimulus package is available on the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: stimulus).

Building Lincoln's Future: Road Improvements 2009-2010

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act:

$9.3 million

Arterial Rehabilitation Fund:

$6.9 million

Total:

$16.2 million

  • A St from 17th to 27th, 63rd to Imperial Drive
  • Adams from I-180 to 14th, 57th to 62nd
  • Cornhusker from Russell to 70th
  • Holdrege from 19th to 25th, N 33rd to 47th, N 70th to N 79th
  • Old Cheney from Salt Valley View to Hunts
  • O St from 15th to 44th, Wedgewood to 84th
  • P from 17th to 27th
  • Pioneers Blvd from 32nd to 54th
  • Saltillo Road from US 77 to 70th (Lancaster County selection)
  • Sheridan from South to Calvert
  • Van Dorn from 33rd to 48th, Normal to 70th
  • Vine from 70th to Sierra
  • Y from 18th to 27th
  • NW 1st from Highland to Fletcher
  • S 27th from Alpha to A
  • N 33rd from P to Holdrege
  • 40th & Superior bridge deck
  • S 56th from South to Randolph
  • N 70th from Adams to Vine

310 blocks of street improved. Since 2004, only 22 blocks of Lincoln streets have been improved.

NOTE: A portion of the Antelope Valley project will be paid for with the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act in order to free local funds to complete the list above.


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