Pothole repair

A public works crew fixes a pothole on Jan. 17 on South 132nd Street between West Center Road and Pacific Street. 

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced Friday that the city is putting $3 million more toward street repair this year.

That’s in addition to a previously announced package of street resurfacing that includes 58 projects totaling $15.5 million.

In all, the city expects to spend $18.5 million on street repair in 2018.

The funding announced Friday will come from within the Public Works Department’s budget. Projections show that the department will have additional funding available, according to the Mayor’s Office.

Stothert said her administration could use the funds to buy new equipment or snowplows.

“But I thought the best thing for us to do, because of the condition of our rapidly deteriorating streets, is that we put it in street repair,” she said.

Most of the projects will be for concrete panel repairs throughout the city. Private contractors will likely bid that work, while city crews work to fill potholes.

The locations for concrete panel repair are being determined now, though Stothert said the city will make sure the repairs are made in every City Council district.

She said her administration has continued to increase streets funding. For example, the city last year budgeted about $11 million and completed 63 resurfacing projects.

“We’ve really concentrated on putting in more (money). I’ve never denied when people say the streets are in bad condition. They are. We know they are,” she said. “But we have almost 5,000 lane miles of road in Omaha. To get them all repaired to the way people want them, it’s a tremendous amount of money.”

In her State of the City speech in February, Stothert announced 58 street resurfacing projects for 2018. They’re expected to cost $15.5 million.

Contracts already have been awarded for 15 projects at a cost of $3.9 million. Later this month, the City Council will consider a contract for residential and major street resurfacing that includes 24 projects totaling $5.8 million. A third package will be bid later this year.

Resurfacing projects are selected based on traffic volume, history of maintenance and related costs, current or upcoming utility work and the condition of the street.

Stothert said she wants the projects to be completed this summer.

The Mayor’s Office said work will begin in a few weeks on these 15 projects:

» 40th Street, Dodge Street to Bedford Avenue

» 50th Street, Dodge to Happy Hollow Boulevard

» 60th Street, Hamilton Street to Blondo Street, Corby Street to the Northwest Radial

» Lake Street, 24th to I-480, I-480 to 30th and 30th to 40th

» Skyline Drive, Cumberland Drive to Blondo

» 78th Street, Nebraska Avenue to Mary

» 108th Street, Ogden Plaza to Redick Avenue

» Boyd Street, 86th Avenue to 88th Avenue

» Martha Street, 10th to 16th

» Vinton Street, 13th to 24th and 31st to 41st

» 114th Street, Arbor to Pierce Circle

» 156th Street, Stony Brook Boulevard to Drexel

» Park Drive, 90th to 96th

» Pacific Street, west of 72nd to 78th

» Maplewood Boulevard, Maple to 90th

The 24 projects that the City Council will consider later this month:

» 49th and Caldwell area

» 50th and Chicago area

» Adams Park area

» Clark Street, 20th to 24th

» 24th Street, Minne Lusa, Newport-Whitmore area

» 42nd and Izard area

» 36th and Hamilton

» Northbound 60th Street, Grover to Center

» Harney Street, 20th to 24th

» 36th and Jones area

» F Street, 20th and 27th

» Bancroft Street, 15th to dead end

» R Street, 27th to 30th

» 32nd Avenue, Hascall to Gold

» 24th Street, L to U

» Sunshine Drive area

» 35th and Gold area

» Grover Street, 96th to 102nd

» 152nd Avenue, Stony Brook to 156th

» 105th Avenue and Hascall

» 122nd Street and Woolworth area

» 144th Street, Ellison to city limits

» Rose Lane, Burt to Charles

» 103rd Street, Fort to Laurel

The 19 street project that will be bid later this year:

» 67th Street, L to F

» Center Street, 37th to 42nd

» Underwood Avenue, 51st to J.E. George

» 15th Street, Chicago to Mike Fahey

» 180th Street, F to Oak

» St. Mary’s Avenue, 17th to 24th

» Stony Brook, 144th to 151st

» Curtis Avenue, 42nd to Sorensen

» Florence Boulevard, Ames to Storz

» Florence Boulevard, Ogden to Redick

» Pacific Street, 78th to 84th

» Leavenworth, 16th to I-480

» Southbound 72nd Street, State to I-680

» Farnam Street, 10th to 16th

» Happy Hollow Boulevard, Dodge to Western

» 180th Street, Pacific to city limits

» Pacific Street, 180th to HWS Cleveland

» West Center Road, 120th to 144th

» Leavenworth Street, 36th to 45th

emily.nohr@owh.com, 402-444-1309

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