Summer Of Street Resurfacing Update

2022-08-05T07:00:00.0000000Z

2022-08-05T07:00:00.0000000Z

Kansas City CALL Newspaper Inc

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Since August of 2021, the City has resurfaced nearly 350 lane miles and used more than 268,000 tons of asphalt to make Kansas City streets smoother. The City’s new, aggressive street-resurfacing plan aims for at least 300 lane miles to be resurfaced annually, more than 2.5 times the historic amount. “Year after year, Kansas City residents say their biggest concern is the poor state of roads and the many potholes,” said Mayor Quinton Lucas. “Now, with more than double the funding for street repair, and our robust street resurfacing plan, Kansas Citians are beginning to see much smoother roads, saving thousands at the auto repair shop. Thank you to our hard-working street preservation team working each day to ensure our roads are improved.” “Keeping our streets smooth is vital to our neighborhood quality of life, and it’s great to see these crews in action,” said Kevin McManus, Mayor pro tem and Sixth District Councilmember. “Wornall Road is a busy thoroughfare that connects many parts of south Kansas City, and has long been a priority for repairs.” “Street maintenance is an important priority for our residents,” City Manager Brian Platt said. “We are resurfacing and repairing streets in every single neighborhood and community of this city, some of which have not been touched in many years and even decades.” This enhanced process has allowed the street resurfacing program to reach several milestones: • More than double financial commitment, from $17 million in FY 20-21 to $39 million for 21-22 • Use of digital tools to analyze pavement quality and create a priority list of the worst streets • New street excavation policy that enhances collaboration and communication with utility companies and also requires full lane and curb to curb resurfacing of streets being excavated that have been resurfaced within the 5 years • A warranty extension for contract labor from two years to three years • A focus on repairing subgrade issues to prevent pavement failures • Dedicated funding for each Council District to determine community priorities for street resurfacing • Refining the myKCMO app to allow for easier resident reporting of potholes and street maintenance needs Streets are chosen for repair based on many factors, such as street condition, potholes, traffic volume, coordination with utility work and other projects, council and community input, and opportunities for road diets and complete streets. Residents can view the new 20212022 map, see where work is planned and track our progress at KCMO.gov/streetpreservation.

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