Mayor: 77 miles of road repaved in 3 months; 14 projects out to bid

By Lara Yamada
Published On: Apr 16 2013 06:20:10 AM HST
Updated On: Apr 16 2013 06:37:51 AM HST

But Councilmember Ikaika Anderson, who was surprised by the news, says he's skeptical the Mayor will get the money he needs to reach his goal.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he's already knocked 77 miles off his road repaving "to-do" list since he took the mayoral post three months ago.

And he just put 14 more major road projects, worth $106 million, out to bid.
 
“(The public) is demanding, screaming, and crying out for a game-changing road repaving effort and I think we're doing exactly that,” he said at a news conference on Monday.

“Holding a press conference to alert the council as to what the mayors plan's are, is not what I would call 'working together,’" said councilmember Ikaika Anderson, who was surprised by Monday’s news.

He said he's skeptical the mayor will get the money he needs to reach his goal, unless he's willing to cut vacant positions, or add a vehicle fee to make up the difference.
 
“Will he be able to do that remains to be seen,” he said.
 
Smaller companies such as RMY are handling more sewer and water road work for the time being, but hopes to expand.

Bigger companies know this could be move that cracks open the competition.
 
“Excellent news. We'll take as much work as we can get,” said Alex Stephens, project manager for Nevada company Road and Highway Builders, which is the relatively new kid in town.

He said they're big enough to ship in supplies and share them with smaller companies, but says finding qualified workers has been tough. 
 
“We're moving very aggressively and we're not going to stop,” said Caldwell.

It's the card Caldwell said he's playing to convince road companies that this is a commitment they can count on.
 
“You don't know if this push is going to stay. That's the scary thing for us. There are a lot of people that depend on us,” said Stephens.
 
Caldwell’s goal is to complete 300 lane miles, every year, for five years at a cost of 150 million a year. 

The mayor also released the city's first status report on ongoing projects, upcoming projects, lane miles and how much it will cost.

He said from now on, he will release a report every quarter, so taxpayers can track the city’s progress. 

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