The Lincoln Citizens’ Transportation Coalition found that 42% of Lincoln streets in all areas of the City need rehabilitation or reconstruction.
They also determined that repairing streets now could save the City millions in more expensive repairs in the future.
FUNDING IS NOT KEEPING UP WITH CONSTRUCTION COSTS
The Coalition learned that the cost of fixing and building streets is growing faster than funding sources. Construction inflation has increased by about 5 percent per year while the federal fuel tax hasn’t increased in 26 years.
Studies show the longer you wait to fix a street, the more it costs to repair.
STREETS ARE EXPENSIVE
The Coalition found that the City of Lincoln has been doing more with less.
Peer studies show Lincoln spends an average of $2,400 per lane mile on street maintenance and repairs while comparable cities spend an average of $10,000 per lane mile.
The Coalition also looked for ways to be more efficient and find more cost savings to stretch our public dollars as far as they can go. See Lincoln Transportation and Utilities status report on the Coalition’s 24 recommendations to learn more about these efforts.