PHILADELPHIA – Local officials showcased the City’s process for paving during a visit to Welsh and Axe Factory Road in Northeast Philadelphia on Tuesday. The event highlighted the addition of a second paving crew, new equipment and funding allocated by Mayor Kenney through his six-year Capital Budget plan. The FY19 budget depicts incremental increases in capital funds equating to a 65 percent change from $20 million in FY17 to $33 million in FY24. Mayor Kenney and Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams were joined by local officials along with Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Tackle Lane Johnson.
“This is a significant investment in our City’s infrastructure,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Smooth streets are a win for every Philadelphian who travels by car, bike, bus or foot.”
According to National standards, for Philadelphia’s roadways to be considered in a state of good repair, the Streets Department must pave on average 131 miles of roadway annually. With the addition of the new crew and equipment, the Streets Department is on target to pave 101 miles of roadway during the upcoming fiscal year on its way to reaching 131 annual miles. This is a 35 percent increase from the 75 miles of roadway paved on average with one crew.
The Streets Department’s resurfacing process is completed in four separate phases: milling to remove the old surface, resetting of manhole covers and utility boxes as well as any roadway base areas, final resurfacing and line striping.
“Our goal is a smooth street free from defects,” said Streets Commissioner Williams. “This is really a block by block effort that meets the Department’s mission of clean and safe streets in the most efficient manner possible.”
The showcase featured special guest, Offensive Tackle, Lane Johnson, of the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles who demonstrated paving operations. Mr. Johnson served as Ambassador as he “Paved the Lane” to display a smooth roadway surface.
“It is an honor to represent the City of Philadelphia and get out in the community with Mayor Kenney,” said Johnson. “The hard work by the highways crews does not go unnoticed. We all need to give back and Pave the Lane for our future.”
The process from initial milling to complete resurfacing of streets takes upwards of three to five weeks on average. Residents should continue to report potholes to 311.
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