Raleigh, N.C. — At today’s funding levels, it would take the City of Raleigh 50 years to pave every one of its streets. Without additional funding, the city’s roadways will decline and cost the city more in the future.
Ideally, streets should be resurfaced every 12 to 18 years, but historically, city budgets around the country tend to downplay maintenance costs.
Raleigh is no different.
The city is required to maintain 1,055 miles of streets. At current funding levels, the city can only resurface these streets once every 50 years.
Of course, high-trafficked streets and thoroughfares get a fresh coat of asphalt sooner than that, but Public Works Director Carl Dawson said some of Raleigh’s residential culs-de-sac haven’t been touched in 30 years.
Street maintenance is part of the Transportation Field Services budget, which comes in at about $12.3 million. This budget also includes stormwater utility maintenance.
The city spends about $3 million a year on asphalt pavement maintenance, which includes milling, patching and installing wheelchair-accessible ramps. That does not include $5 million this year from 2011 transportation bond money.
In order to get to a 12- to 18-year schedule, the city would have to kick up the spending to about $12 million a year.
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