Improving Omaha’s Streets
While the bulk of street resurfacing projets do not fall under the definition of a capital improvement and are instead included in the annual budget for City Street Maintenance, the City’s street resurfacing program is a vital component of the City’s overall transportation program and is critical for extending the life of the pavement base structure before total reconstruction becomes necessary, thus preventing or postponing the need for larger, more expensive capital projects. Each year from 2013 to 2017 has seen an increase in the budget for street resurfacing, from $6.6 million in 2013 to over $15.8 million in 2017.
Recently completed transportation projects reflect a balanced program that is intended to provide efficient and equitable levels of service throughout the community. Improvements in the western half of the city are typically designed to help meet the increased transportation needs that have resulted from rapid growth. In order to meet increasing traffic volumes and to improve traffic safety, transportation projects are generally designed to increase the road network’s capacity by widening existing streets or constructing new streets. Improvements in the eastern portion of the city are designed to replace or rehabilitate pavement and structures that have exceeded their useful life and to enhance the safety and functionality of streets for all users.