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2005 Street Preservation Program underway

More than 300 miles of City streets will be repaired as part of the Public Works Department’s 2005 Street Preservation Program that kicked off this week. The streets will receive either a two-inch overlay of asphalt or a 3/8-inch asphalt slurry seal.

The $16.5 million program will include an asphalt overlay of more than 47 miles of trafficways and boulevards, 136 miles of collector and improved residential streets, and 65 miles of unimproved residential streets. In addition, more than 53 miles of improved residential streets are planned for slurry seal.

“With the additional funding provided by the $250 million bond issue approved by voters in April 2004, we are making significant progress,” City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said. Cauthen said 30 percent, or $75 million, of the funds are designated for street preservation and street reconstruction.

A complete listing of the streets included in the 2005 Street Preservation Program is available on the City’s Web site,

A study released today by the Road Information Program, a transportation industry research group, ranked the Kansas City metro area as having the worst roads in the nation.

“It should be noted that the ranking was for the metro area and included interstate highways, freeways and main arterial routes,” said Steve Worley, acting city engineer. “It also should be noted that the Missouri Department of Transportation is taking action to improve Missouri roadways, after voters approved Amendment 3 in November 2004 to improve the state's highway system,” Worley said.

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