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Akron, Ohio

Mayor Horrigan Kicks Off 2019 Akron Street Resurfacing Program

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City to pave approximately 54 miles of roadway thanks to Safety and Streets Dollars

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 04-30-2019

Akron, Ohio, April 30, 2019 – This week, the City of Akron is officially beginning work to resurface 54 centerline miles of City streets. Yesterday, Akron City Council voted 11-0 to authorize the work to begin (Councilperson Sims absent and Councilperson Kilby did not vote).

The 2019 Resurfacing Program is budgeted at $7 million, including $4.15 million in funding made available through the ¼% Safety and Streets income tax increase approved by voters in 2017 (Issue 4). The City grades the condition of each street and paves the “worst first”, taking into consideration traffic conditions and clustering streets together to reduce mobilization costs and maximize efficiency. Funds for resurfacing are distributed as evenly as possible amongst the City’s ten wards.

“This year, we will be paving roughly 37 more miles than we could have without these new Safety and Streets tax dollars at work,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “I am proud to once again be keeping my promise to the community to invest these funds directly into safer and smoother streets in neighborhoods all across Akron. Since taking office, street resurfacing has been one of my top priorities – and by the end of this program we will have paved more than 150 miles of Akron roads since 2016.” 

A list of streets scheduled for resurfacing in 2019 (including alternates) is available here; a map displaying those streets, along with streets paved since 2013 is available here. The program begins in a different ward each year and rotates across the city. In 2018, the program began in Wards 4 and 3. The 2019 rotation is as follows: Ward 8 (starting this week), sequentially followed by Ward 1, 2, 10, 6, 5, 7, 9, 4, and 3.

The entire program is expected to take approximately 180 days, weather permitting. Signage will be posted on each street several days before resurfacing work is scheduled to begin. Periodic updates to the repaving program will be posted on the City’s social media pages (Facebook: City of Akron, Ohio – Mayor’s Office; Twitter: @AkronOhioMayor.)  Residents with specific questions are encouraged to call the Mayor’s 3-1-1 Action Center for more information.

“While progress on our roads will not happen overnight and construction causes temporary inconvenience, we are making significant headway in finally addressing streets that have been neglected for far too long,” Mayor Horrigan continued.  “And when combined with investments we are making in our parks, pools, community centers, neighborhood business districts, and new fire stations—we are truly making Akron a stronger and safer place to live, work, grow a business and raise a family.”

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For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary
Phone: 3303752325
E-mail: [email protected]

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