Understanding Local Infrastructure
Infrastructure is an important part of making a city work. It is also one of the most requested items for needed attention. There are many important things to understand about infrastructure. Where does the money come from to pave my street or repair my sidewalk? How much does it cost to pave a section of roadway or replace a broken segment of sidewalk? And the most popular question: When will my needs be addressed? There are many considerations to keep in mind when looking at these, and other questions, related to infrastructure. Let's start with some infrastructure 101.
What is infrastructure?
What's the size of the whole system DPW must maintain?
What does the City spend on infrastructure?
That number is different all the time. It varies on many things, including the changing revenue and the changing costs of labor and materials. In 2016, the city spent approximately $88.7M in transportation related work. This does not include any storm water projects. Included in this list is 165K linear feet of sidewalk work and 157 lane miles of road resurfacing.
Those numbers are pretty big, so it's understandable why it would be hard for folks to wrap their minds around how large and expensive infrastructure projects can be. So let's answer this question:
What is the small scale average cost for neighborhood infrastructure work?
Thankfully, we're able to leverage these dollars to compete for other dollars to add to this. Dollars from the Federal Government for example, make up another important source of money to maintain our infrastructure.