I recently announced that for the second year in a row, the City of Fort Wayne will invest more than $20 million in neighborhood transportation infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, ADA ramps, and trails.
This year’s street investment is $21 million and includes:
12 miles of concrete street reconstruction
53.5 miles of asphalt paving
12 miles of chip and seal resurfacing
8 miles of sidewalk
5 miles of trail
1,820 ADA ramps
30 miles of curb
The 2015 construction projects will be out for bids over the next two months. Many will be completed this year but some of the larger projects are scheduled for two construction seasons.
A listing of projects can be found at cityoffortwayne.org/latest-news/2823-mayor-henry-announces-more-than-20-million-to-be-invested-in-neighborhood-transportation-infrastructure-improvements-in-2015.html.
The unprecedented improvements, coupled with other neighborhood programs, are strengthening neighborhoods, building pride and improving property values.
Additionally, City Utilities will be investing more than $35 million this year, improving neighborhood sewer and water infrastructure. The Utility projects will improve service for more than 10,000 customer accounts, an estimated 25,000 residents, across the City.
City Utilities will continue its commitment to replace nine miles of water main each year, build new storm pipes to reduce basement backups and street flooding, and construct new sanitary pipes coupled with plant improvements to increase capacity and protect our rivers.
Careful planning leads to major improvements for neighborhoods that will strengthen our community for generations to come. We continue to make significant investments in our neighborhoods. By working together, our neighborhoods are strong and vibrant. We’re making an impact and building on our momentum.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, every $1 million invested in infrastructure construction, supports or creates an average of 24 jobs. Using that formula, the combined investment from Public Works and City Utilities will support nearly 1,400 jobs in our community.
Creating and supporting local jobs is important for Fort Wayne and when you consider that these salaries will stay in our community and be used in our local stores, restaurants, and businesses, it’s clear that our investments go a long way.
Through the leadership and efforts of our office and the bipartisan Fiscal Policy Group, plans call for more than $20 million in infrastructure improvements in each of the next several years.
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