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#TimeToBuild: City Council approves street improvements

May 23, 2018

Press Release
For Immediate Release
May 23, 2018
#TimeToBuild: City Council approves street improvements
At the City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 23, the investment in infrastructure continued with the approval of spending $639,776 on improvements for Tyler roads and the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport taxiway.
Council approves contractor for the 2018 Seal Coat Program
Based on pavement ratings, a list of streets in need of seal coat were identified and put out to bid. Reynolds and Kay has been selected as the contractor for the 2018 Seal Coat Program. Council approved spending $639,776 for the repair of an estimated 25 lane miles.
This project is expected to begin in July and should be completed before September 2018.
City staff authorized to open bids for the 2018 Asphalt Enhancement Program
The City of Tyler Engineering and Streets Department has completed a visual inspection of all streets with the lowest Pavement Condition Index (PCI) ratings. The PCI is a number calculated by a pavement management software program; the higher the number, the better the condition of the street. Numbers range from 0 to 100, with 100 indicating a new or newly overlaid street.
A data collection and PCI update was done in 2017. This data was used to determine 26 miles of lane miles that need to be overlaid. This project will also include milling on all streets with curb and gutter. In addition, the Tyler Water Utilities Department will manage point repairs to sanitary sewer lines and upgrades to certain water lines in the pavement.
The Half Cent Sales Tax Program has allotted $3,000,000 for this program. City Council has authorized City staff to advertise for bids for the construction of the 2018 Asphalt Enhancement Program.
About the #TimeToBuild Campaign
The state of our infrastructure is one of the most pressing issues we face as a community. Our jobs, quality of life, economic competitiveness and public safety are all dependent upon it. Much of Tyler’s infrastructure (streets, water systems, drainage systems and sewer systems) was installed in the early 20th century and has reached the end of its useful life. Two years ago, the Tyler City Council made a pledge to modernize and build anew our community’s infrastructure. Last year, the City of Tyler spent $20 million dollars, 13 percent of the City’s total budget, on maintenance, repair and improvements. No other city in the State of Texas can claim this achievement. The benefits of this stronger, better infrastructure system will be far-reaching and long-lasting. But we are not finished. We must build our capacity to do even more. The future does not wait, but neither do we. Today it’s #TimeToBuild!
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