More than 80 individual street repairs are included, and some of the work is already underway.
Street repair season is here.
Erie Mayor Joe Schember and City Engineer Jon Tushak unveiled the city's $4.8 million summer streets repair plan at a Thursday news conference at City Hall. The resurfacing plan includes work performed by both Erie Bureau of Streets crews and outside contractors.
More than 80 individual street repairs are included in the plan, and some of the work is already underway, Tushak said.
"All together we're going to do about 32 lane miles. ... About 5 percent of the total city pavement will be resurfaced this year," Tushak said.
Much of the work is funded through an $11 million bond plan approved by Erie City Council in May 2015. As part of that plan, the city issued about $8 million in new bonds and refinanced $3 million worth of existing bonds.
Federal Community Development Block Grant dollars, liquid fuels money from the state and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation funding are also being used to pay for the street repairs. They include milling and asphalt resurfacing; patching; crack sealing; line painting, and curb repairs.
Tushak said about $4.1 million in street repair work will be handled by outside contractors. Roughly $700,000 in work will be handled by city crews using city equipment.
"We can't really have welcoming, vibrant neighborhoods if we don't have well-paved streets," Schember said. He added that city officials surveyed city streets earlier this year to assess conditions "to determine what work needs to be done and prioritize it."
Also Thursday, Schember thanked Erie City Council for approving a series of changes that extend the time period for compliant landlords in the city's rental registration program to pay unit registration fees. Council's action also made changes to when some fees would have to be paid.
Council signed off on the changes during its meeting Wednesday night.
Schember has been discussing the proposed changes with the 1,600-member Apartment Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania in an attempt to settle a lawsuit the organization filed in Erie County Court over the rental inspection program that dates to 2010.
The Apartment Association’s president, Jason Pero, attended Schember's news conference. He said the association will move to drop its lawsuit against the city.
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