City of Lincoln announces new project to help pave roads and fix potholes

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The City of Lincoln is hoping to fix residential roads with a new project.

On Thursday, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and Lincoln Transportation and Utilities showed the results of the PressurePave Project on several roads across the city.

The project was first implemented earlier this fall in the Meadowlane and Fox Hollow/Crown Pointe neighborhoods in east Lincoln.

Gaylor Baird said the project, done by the Donelson Construction Company, could extend the life of Lincoln’s roads up to 10 years before needing to be redone.

“PressurePave enables us to proactively extend the life of our streets at 1/5th the cost of a more in-depth street improvement project,” Gaylor Baird said. “While completing the work in a fraction of the time and resulting in minimal disruption to residences and businesses. So, this innovation is truly a win-win-win.”

Liz Elliot, director of LTU, said this project enhances the community’s quality of life, while also saving money on infrastructure.

“For the first time, this fall, an additional four miles of neighborhood streets have improved in just four days,” she said.

Elliot said pressure pave is used on asphalt roads where the level of deterioration is not enough to require a mill and overlay, which is when the top 2 inches of the road are stripped away and replaced.

The price of a project like that would have cost over $3 million, while PressurePave only cost about $550,000.

Lincoln residents who live in the neighborhoods where roads were paved said it was needed.

David Forsythe said while he usually is able to avoid potholes, it’s nice the city is taking on a project that could help get rid of them.

“I been here 32 years and it’s the first time there’s been that kind of comprehensive attention to the street,” he said. “I think it was a good project, it was well done, well organized.”

Resident David Chatwell said that during the project, they were not allowed to drive or park on certain streets but it was only for a day or even a few hours in some areas.

“There was a time when we had to go park on a different street and walk to our house,” he said. “The people were helpful and friendly, and it was a minor inconvenience, but the benefit of the new road has been great.”

Chatwell said this project should be expanded to streets all over the city, especially on some of the rougher roads.

“It looks nice, the neighborhood automatically looks newer,” he said. “There’s definitely roads that need it more than my road but as a test run, I thought it went really smoothly.”

After the success of the project, the city is planning to do another PressurePave project sometime next summer.

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