Public Works outlines 3-year paving plan, which advances Mayor Fischer’s commitment to city’s infrastructure

October 05, 2021

Louisville Metro Government will present its three-year paving plan to the public today, outlining $20 million in proposed investments in each of three fiscal years – FY22-24.

Metro Public Works Director Vanessa Burns and Assistant Director Jeff Brown will share the plan with the Metro Council’s Public Works Committee during a meeting at 4 p.m. today, chaired by Councilwoman Nicole George.

The planned work builds on an investment of $119 million – or over 1,200 lane miles in paving –during Mayor Greg Fischer’s term.

“Investing in safety and quality roadways is an important part of the many services that city government provides its residents every day,” Mayor Fischer said. “I greatly appreciate the hard work of the men and women in Public Works, who help us equitably improve mobility and quality of life in our city.”

The three-year paving plan specifies the Louisville Metro maintained roadways that are scheduled to be paved over the next 3 fiscal years, beginning July 1, 2021. There are paving projects in every Council district. The larger projects include Jefferson Boulevard in District 2; Wilson Avenue in District 3; East Chestnut and East Muhammad Ali in District 4; South 6th, South 7th and Oak in District 6; Grinstead Drive in District 9, Trade Port Drive in District 12; River Road in District 16; and Stonestreet Road in District 25.

“Leadership within Public Works deserves recognition for their strategic approach to assessing Metro assets and planning improvements,” said Councilwoman George. “The Metro Paving Reviewer will be a game changer in helping the public understand how their road or alley's pavement condition scored and what they can expect with regards to paving in the next 3 years.”

Metro Public Works currently maintains about 2,181 centerline miles in the Metro area, or 4,546 actual lane miles. Decisions about paving are based in part on Public Works’ Pavement Management Plan, which is designed to proactively maintain the condition of the public roads and prolong service life by performing short-term repairs and street maintenance techniques that are more cost effective than full reconstruction.

“Our annual paving budget has greatly increased in recent years, 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,” Burns said.

“An essential part of our Pavement Management Program is the routine assessment of the Metro maintained roadways, which allows us to adequately maintain our roadways and efficiently use appropriated funds,” added Assistant Director Brown.

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