I am proud to currently serve as chairwoman of the City of Phoenix Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee. The condition of our city streets is one of the top issues that I hear from residents and business owners in District 3 about on a daily basis – and is one of my top priorities as your District 3 Councilwoman.

At the Phoenix City Council Formal meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, we voted to accelerate the city’s pavement maintenance program, unanimously approving the first steps to implement a plan that advances $200 million in pavement maintenance projects on arterial and major streets. This Council approval follows action taken in October to advance pavement maintenance efforts through the financing of Transportation 2050 (T2050) street program revenues.

Thanks to the voter-approved T2050 plan we are making a critical and long overdue investment to improve our city’s aging street infrastructure. This investment creates a positive impact across the city and greatly enhances the integrity of the streets that our residents and visitors depend on.

The budget boost will significantly improve both the condition of the city’s arterial and major collector streets, and the city’s local and minor collector streets beginning this fiscal year. The Street Transportation Department has already begun the preparation work necessary for expediting pavement overlay work and it is scheduled to begin Spring 2019.

Due to these Council actions – now, over a five-year period, more than 600 street miles are programmed to be repaved. Residents will see nearly a 300 percent increase in the number of major-street miles that are currently paved per year.

Next steps for this program include identifying the highest priority streets to receive mill and overlay treatments for fiscal years 2021 through 2023. As part of the plan, in February/March 2019 presentations will be made at community meetings, and in Spring 2019 an online tool will launch to allow community members to share their feedback on the proposed street repairs.

To request a presentation to be made to your organization, and for additional information please visit phoenix.gov/streetssite/Pages/Street-Preservation-Program.aspx.

Debra Stark
City of Phoenix
Council District 3
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