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I recently announced that residents will see a record amount of neighborhood infrastructure enhancements in the City of Fort Wayne as part of the 2014 construction season. This will result in an investment of over $20 million.

Highlights include 50 miles of paving, 10 miles of concrete reconstruction, brick street work, 12 miles of chip and seal repairs, sidewalk improvements, and curb and ramp repairs.

The record number of projects was made possible by my administration, the Fiscal Policy Group, neighborhood and business leaders, and the members of City Council who supported and passed a financial plan last summer that makes additional funding available on a yearly basis, $13.6 million in 2014, to assist with maintaining the City's transportation system.

In addition to the $13.6 million, an infrastructure bond will provide an additional $10 million each year for three years beginning this year for street and road work. The bond, along with pay-as-you-go funding for future projects, will allow us to complete the backlog of street and road projects by the end of 2018.

It's anticipated the maintenance to the transportation system will create over 300 construction jobs that will provide a boost to the local economy.

We value the needs of our community. You've asked us to place an emphasis on streets, roads, and sidewalks. We listened to you, and we're looking forward to getting started on projects that focus on neighborhoods, quality of life, economic development, and job creation. We're investing in our future.

A complete list of projects can be found at
https://www.cityoffortwayne.org/images/stories/2014_Public_Works_projects.pdf.


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