Mayor Fischer helps kick off fiscal year 2022 paving season

July 20, 2021

Today Mayor Greg Fischer joined Vanessa Burns, Director of Louisville Metro  Public Works and Assets, and Councilman Mark Fox, D-13, at Commerce Crossings to help kick off the fiscal year 2022 paving season and highlight the $55 million budget investment for paving and sidewalk repair.

“With paving season in full swing since January, we’re ready to get started on the fiscal year 2022 paving season and celebrate the commitment between my office, Metro Council, and our Public Works team to work together to continually improve our infrastructure that’s responsible for getting residents to jobs, schools, doctor’s appointments and to the grocery,” said the Mayor.

The approved FY22 budget of $55 million for paving and sidewalk repair includes:

$20 million to pave 200 lane miles of roadways;

$2 million to repair more than 30,000 feet of sidewalks;

About $30 million has been allocated for capital projects like the widening of River Road, the Dixie Highway streetscape project, and improvements to Westport Road.

Following today’s press conference, Public Works crews immediately got to work paving the intersection of Commerce Crossings Drive and Interchange Way in District 13. With the completion of this paving project, in total, crews have will have paved 85 lane miles of roadway since January 1, 2021.

“The infrastructure project at this key intersection is a much needed improvement to what is already a great business park. We’re proud to have these business partners as our neighbors, and thankful for the hard work of the Public Works team in delivering these critical city services,” said Councilman Mark Fox, D-13.

Metro Public Works and Assets Director Vanessa Burns, anticipates that by the end of the paving season, typically in late November, crews will have paved an additional 115 lane miles, totaling 200 lane miles in 2021.

“We have come a long way. Prior to 2015 we paved only about 32 miles a year, and our annual paving budget was about $3 million,” said Burns. “Our annual paving budget has greatly increased, which has consistently allowed us to deliver a much higher number of paved roadways to our taxpayers; improving roadway safety and quality of life. This is all thanks to Mayor Fischer and Metro Council’s support.”

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