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Nearly 240 lane miles of streets will be resurfaced this year, thanks to a more aggressive street resurfacing plan. City Manager Brian Platt and Public Works Director Michael Shaw announced the proposed 2021-2022 Street Preservation plan, outlining a comprehensive strategy to resurface more streets, raise our pavement rating score and incorporate Council and community feedback into the process.

The proposed 2021-2022 Street Resurfacing Plan includes:
  • More than double the funding, from $17M in FY 20-21 to $39M this fiscal year.
  • Over 2,600 street segments will be improved this year.
  • 240 lane miles planned for resurfacing, compared to 135 lane miles last year.
  • 145 lane miles planned for micro-surfacing, compared to 19 lane miles last year.
  • 150 lane miles planned for crack sealing, compared to 130 lane miles last year.
  • Dedicated funding for each Council District to determine community priorities for street resurfacing.

"For generations, Kansas Citians have for too long had to deal with potholes and substandard road conditions. No more," Mayor Quinton Lucas said. "I was proud to recommend and pass a budget that more than doubled our spending in road repair and resurfacing, saving Kansas Citians thousands at the repair shop and delivering my administration's pledge to improve basic services. Be kind to our road crews that will be all spring and summer fixing the roads and rebuilding our neighborhood infrastructure."

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"Street resurfacing and maintenance is one of our key priorities this year as we continue to find ways to improve city services and improve quality of life in many ways across all communities," said Platt. "Even despite a budget severely restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prioritizing street repair as an area in need of exponential increases in investment."

"A big goal is to improve our overall street rating while providing smoother streets in all Kansas City neighborhoods," said Shaw. "We are being strategic and intentional about our approach and deploying our resources wisely — the plan we put forth achieves this goal and maintains our pavement score for the first time."

Street are chosen for repair based on many factors, such as street condition, potholes, traffic volume, coordination with utility work and other projects, council and community input, and opportunities for road diets and complete streets. The proposed 2021-2022 Street Preservation project contracts will go to the City Council for approval soon, with work starting this summer.

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Residents can view the proposed 2021-2022 plan map, see where work is planned and track our progress by visiting KCMO.gov/streetpreservation.

Media questions can be directed to Maggie Green, Public Works, Public Information Officer at 816-379-6562.stats

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