Faulconer reveals plans for infrastructure repair
Published - 03/06/15 - 07:19 AM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced plans March 5 to fix 1,000 miles of streets over the next five years and implement a series of reforms to repair the City’s infrastructure system.

Joined by City Council President Sherri Lightner and Councilmember Mark Kersey, Faulconer said he would double the City’s street repair efforts by fixing more than 300 miles of streets in the coming fiscal year. It’s the first step toward fulfilling the mayor’s goal of repairing 1,000 miles of streets – more than one-third of the City’s entire street network – by 2020.

Faulconer has proposed more than 20 reforms to the City’s infrastructure program, designed to ensure projects are completed more quickly and efficiently. Under his plan, projects like street repair will be delivered 20 percent faster on average.

“These reforms are all about effectively managing the way the City spends its money,” Faulconer said. “Right now we have tens of millions of dollars languishing in accounts for projects that are years away from getting built. Our neighborhoods need help now.”

“I appreciate the efforts of staff to examine what we’re doing currently and how we can make it better,” Lightner said. “Some of our best efficiency improvements have come from our amazing city staff, who are most familiar with what it takes to get the job done. I encourage staff to continue to find process-oriented solutions.”

Kersey, chair of the Council’s Infrastructure Committee, said: “This is a significant commitment to our City’s infrastructure. Our constituents will see the City ramping up repairs and getting them done more efficiently and effectively. And the reforms being proposed today are critical as the city spends the next decade rebuilding our neighborhoods.”

Data from the most recent City survey, in 2011, revealed that 35 percent of the streets were in good condition, 40 percent were in fair condition and 25 percent were in poor condition.

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