Wichita Plans To Increase Funding To Maintain Residential Streets

By: Lily Wu - Email
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Saturday, July 13, 2013

The City of Wichita plans to increase funding for residential street maintenance.

"Street maintenance is a core mission for the City of Wichita. We received a lot of feedback on that. It's been very important for us to try to bolster funding in that area," said Mark Manning, Wichita Budget Officer.

The operating budget, in conjunction with the Capital Improvement Plan, includes $8 million for contracted street maintenance in 2014. They plan to service over 300 lane miles of residential streets.

"I think spending on transportation and roads is one of the best things we can do, so I think we should continue to do that, if we want to use our money in positive ways," said Evan Manning, resident.

The Public Works department plans to focus on thermal cracks around the city and mainly in areas where the city has experienced growth.

"If you think about where the new developments have been in the last 25 years, out west and northeast, that's where most of these roads would be," said Joe Pajor, deputy director of Public Works and Utilities.

The city manager will present the budget at Tuesday's city council meeting.

The second Social Media Town Hall meeting will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

For more information on the budget, click here.

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