The legislation includes a notification bill so that our office, as well as the local Council Member, is made aware of permit applications for cutting into streets before the work takes place. The goal is to increase communications between agencies and government officials, so more repair work can be done while roads are milled. Two other bills that are part of the package will increase the standard of curb-to-curb resurfacing after street cuts are made on recently paved streets, will create the same standard whenever multiple cuts are made in close proximity, and will remove discretion on the part of city agencies to waive the repaving requirement.
"We're resurfacing at a record rate. You can't have all of that good work undercut by utility companies, by other city agencies and by builders," noted BP Oddo. “Simply put, the rules of the game have to change.”
"The resurfacing crews are out and doing a great job, but there's nothing more frustrating than having a newly-paved street and seeing a utility cut that can ruin it," Council Member Matteo said.
This fiscal year, over 200 lane miles will be paved in our borough.