For the third year in a row, the City of Fort Wayne will see record investments in street, sidewalk, ADA ramp and trail upgrades. Our aggressive commitment to neighborhood improvements will result in 500 projects being completed in 2016.
More than $25 million will go to neighborhood infrastructure enhancements. In the past three years, we’ve committed more than $75 million in neighborhood public works improvements.
The road, street and trail construction projects will help to support good-paying construction jobs, strengthen neighborhoods and ensure Fort Wayne is ready to compete for new jobs and business investment.
The proposed transportation improvements include:
9 Miles of Concrete Street Repair
54 Miles of Resurfacing
47,000 Feet of Sidewalk Repair
400 New ADA Ramps
In addition, City Utilities will continue its commitment to replace nine miles of water main each year, build new storm pipes to reduce basement backups and street flooding, and construct new sanitary pipes coupled with plant improvements to increase capacity and protect our rivers.
City Utilities will invest more than $30 million in neighborhood upgrades this year. Utility enhancements will improve the delivery of water, reduce sewer backups and reduce the number of combined overflows into our rivers.
Between Public Works and City Utilities, 2016 will see $55 million invested in our neighborhoods. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, every $1 million invested in infrastructure construction supports or creates an average of 24 jobs. Using that formula, the combined investment from Public Works and City Utilities will support 1,320 jobs with the work being done in Fort Wayne neighborhoods.
Investing in our neighborhoods is critical to the current and future success of our City. We must have strong and vibrant neighborhoods with infrastructure that works and is attractive for residents and businesses. One of the reasons why we’re experiencing growth and momentum in our community is because of our ongoing commitment to making a positive difference in all of our neighborhoods.