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Public Works needs more staff to meet paving demand

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville Metro Public Works says it will need more staff to handle the influx of dollars spent on paving in the near future.

“You've heard our voices for the last month or two about paving,” said Councilman Brent Ackerson (D-26) at Tuesday's Public Works Committee meeting.

Metro Council recently allocated an additional $5.7 million dollars to road paving projects to be done by June 30th. $2 million of that is expected to be spent on neighborhood streets.

Right now, a road’s surface is rated based upon it’s “pavement condition index” (PCI). That rating can fall anywhere between 0 and 100. Anything less than 60 needs work. Around 40% of roads in Louisville fall into that category. Since 2013, roads in Louisville have seen an increase in their overall rating.

“We saw an average increase in our pavement condition on our local roads,” said assistant director of public works Jeff Brown.

Ackerson has been championing for more money for road paving for months. He cited study a done by public works that indicated the city had a backlog of $110 million worth of paving needs.

Brown and Public Works director Vanessa Burns said on Tuesday that part of the issue with paving comes in the form of utility work.

“There have been a number of paving projects that have been delayed because the water company or LG&E is going to do work,” said Burns.

Currently, the city has one engineer and two inspectors. Burns told Metro Council members on Tuesday that she plans to expand the paving program in the next fiscal year to add two more engineers and tow more inspectors.

Mayor Greg Fischer is expected to hold a news conference on Wednesday to announce new ways citizens can report potholes to city officials. 

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