Stothert Plans Town Halls to Gather Input on Road Plans

By 
Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert will hold a series of town hall meetings to solicit input on the city’s first long-term road maintenance and rehabilitation plans.

The town halls, titled “A Road Map to Better Streets,” will give participants an overview of infrastructure needs, repair and maintenance along with major construction projects and the current and future funding options.

Stothert said in a news release that the city has increased its street maintenance budget annually for at least a decade, “but we need to do much more.”

Omaha’s budget for road resurfacing has grown from $2.8 million in 2010 to $12.2 million in 2019. Stothert said her budget, to be introduced to the Omaha City Council on July 23, will propose another increase to the budget.

About $320 million in spending on transportation projects is also proposed in the city’s 2019-24 capital improvement plan, with $66 million in 2019. Those projects are funded through bonds.

The town hall meetings will be held as follows:

• Tuesday, July 16, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Saddlebrook Community Center, 14850 Laurel Ave.

• Thursday, July 18, 5 to 6:30 p.m., The Venue at Highlander 76 North, 2112 N. 30th St.

• Friday, July 19, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

• Monday, July 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., University of Nebraska at Omaha Community Engagement Center, 6400 University Drive.

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