$9 Million for 9 City Council Districts Paving Initiative (9 for 9)
Since last spring, the City of Birmingham has urged citizens to weigh in on which streets in the City should be the paving priority. While logging the hundreds of calls from citizens, the paving list was compiled and sent to the City Council. The phase II bond project includes $9 Million set aside for street paving.
That $9 Million has been available since December 2015 and is ready to be utilized as soon as the City Council votes on and approves the list of streets to be paved. After City Council approval, the list will be bid and paving will start. The City cannot move forward without Council approval. During Monday’s (2/13) combined Committee of the Whole, Administration and Technology and Economic Development and Budget and Finance Meeting, the list will again be presented in hopes of getting through committee and advanced to the full City Council for a vote.
“Paving is a critical need for the City and we have logged hundreds of requests for street paving with many of the same trouble spots being mentioned repeatedly,” said Mayor Bell.
Citizens are encouraged to continue to let staff know the worst streets in the City. Contact 311, email email@example.com, or #9for9 via social media.
“This is an urgent request before Council and we are ready to get started. We want to get as many streets done as we can during the spring and summer while the weather is in our favor,” said Andre Bittas, Director of Planning, Engineering and Permits.
Note: Attached is the Year 1 street resurfacing list that was discussed with City Council again last month as part of the 5 year resurfacing plan. Some changes have been made to district 1 , 3, and 6 as requested by the Councilors.