We kicked off the summer with a new and improved street resurfacing program that included more money for more streets, more coordination and a better strategy to repair our roads. As resurfacing work draws to a pause for the winter, we reflect on the accomplishments of the 2021 Summer of Resurfacing:

Since August 2021,
  • 137 lane miles resurfaced
  • 272 streets milled and overlaid (resurfaced)
  • Over 120,000 tons of asphalt used (121,688)
  • Improved coordination with contractors and utility companies

"For generations, Kansas Citians have for too long had to deal with potholes and substandard road conditions. No more," said Mayor Lucas. "I was proud to recommend and pass a budget this year 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—and to launch our City's Summer of Street Resurfacing initiative, during which our Public Works crews resurfaced 137 road miles, an increase of over 80 percent over past years. Thank you to our dedicated City workforce who spent this spring, summer, and fall fixing roads and rebuilding our neighborhood infrastructure."

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This year the street preservation program made improvements to resurface more streets, raise Kansas City's pavement rating score and incorporate City Council and community feedback into the process:
  • More than double financial commitment, from $17M in FY 20-21 to $39M this fiscal year
  • A nearly 80% increase in lane miles for resurfacing
  • A warranty extension for contract labor from two years to three years
  • A focus on repairing subgrade issues to prevent pavement failures
  • Dedicated funding for each Council District to determine community priorities for street resurfacing

Not only is there more funding for more streets in the street resurfacing program this year, City officials also focused on creating better policy to ensure long-term, sustainable change for smoother streets and more efficient maintenance of our infrastructure.

"We are prioritizing our investments in basic services and quality of life improvements in all neighborhoods " said City Manager Brian Platt. "Our streets are essential infrastructure and we have made a visible, dramatic improvement in the quality of our streets in just a few short months."

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The goal for this fiscal year is to establish a new record for the City by resurfacing 300 lane miles.

"We know street maintenance is a top priority for residents," said Michael Shaw, Director of Public Works. "Our strategy is intentional and multifaceted — more investment, better use of our existing resources, better policy and better partnership with our contractors and utility companies. The goal is smoother streets in KCMO. We are proud of our progress and look forward to continue ensuring basic services like street repair are being met in Kansas City."

Street resurfacing work will resume in early spring, when warmer, drier weather arrives. Residents can view the new 2021-2022 map, see where work is planned and track our progress.

Media questions can be directed to Maggie Green, Media Relations Manager, at 816-379-6562.

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