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(MIAMI, OK.) Within the city limits of Miami there are 112.1 miles of streets and alleys, some in great shape, many in need of repair or replacement.
“Progress is being made,” Miami Mayor Bless Parker said. “Not as fast as any of us want it, but it is being made. Our streets didn't get this way overnight and they won't all be repaired overnight. Please be patient as crews work on and improve the streets. It will take some time, but we will eventually get to your street.”
Broken down by classification there are 7.9 miles of minor arterial streets, 7.8 miles of major/urban collector streets.7.7 miles of secondary streets, 72.3 miles of local streets, and 16.4 miles of alleys maintained by the City of Miami. The City of Miami City also is responsible for 24 acres of parking lots with 2.1 acres at the Fairgrounds, 9.6 acres in City Parks, 3.2 acres at Civic Center and the remaining 9.2 acres in public parking.
According to the most recent assessment completed, most city alleys, 86 percent, are gravel and dirt. Not counting the alleys, half of the city streets have pavement failure and another 20 percent need maintenance. That’s over 50 miles that are failing, and another 20 miles needing maintenance. The remainder of streets need seal and crack repair or no maintenance at all at this time.
Olsson and Associates was tasked in the past with completing a Street Condition Report for the City of Miami to classify and prioritize street repair and rebuilding to make best use of the funding available for such capital improvements. The assessment used Geotech reports that indicated many existing streets have less than 6 inches of asphalt over a river sand base.
Miami Public Utilities Director Tyler Cline estimates a mile of street replacement costs around $1 million per mile. In the City of Miami’s FY 21/22 $838,959.12 was budgeted for streets.
The City of Miami’s FY 22/23 budget has currently proposed $3,241,018 for Streets which includes revenues from three different funds ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act), Streets & Alley, and Streets/Stadium. ARPA alone, which is one time monies, is $2,035,888 of the $3 million. This fiscal year’s budget is still under construction and is dependent on sales tax revenues, and Miami Special Utility Authority contributions/transfers for street projects.
This FY City’s overall budget regarding the General Fund predicts overall projected revenues totaling $19,971,025, and projected expenditures totaling $19,963,990. The proposed budget includes $14,344,815 for personnel expenses and other expenses include $743,141 in materials needed, and $1,945,54 for other services and charges expenses, and transfers of $8,520,545.
“We use the funds available responsibly and stretch those dollars as far as we can,” Miami City Manager Bo Reese said, “Rebuilding and maintaining infrastructure is an important priority, and we are repairing and replacing as much as we can as the budget allows. We are also seeking alternative and innovative ways to make those dollars go further.”
Other grant funding sources are vigorously sought after as well, but most grants require matching funds to qualify, another budget restricted avenue.
The Olsson assessment determined at least 50 percent of the City’s parking lots also need maintenance or repair, most are located at the Civic Center and downtown. City departmental building driveways and lots are in fair condition with only nine percent in need of repairs or replacement at the Operations Center and the Fairgrounds.
The City of Miam Streets crew consists of six employees including the supervisor, and two mechanics used as needed. Much of the curb, asphalt and concrete work is contracted and dependent on asphalt availability and costs of materials and work can be hindered by unfavorable weather conditions. Cold and rain limit progress and asphalt plants are closed during some winter months and start producing in April on demand until late December. The rising cost of petroleum also has an effect on street projects. Last year the City paid $56 a ton for asphalt and the cost is now expected to come at $70 a ton, an average block takes 879 tons to 1,000 tons at six inches deep, as much as a $12,000 to $15,000 difference for just one block. The City must balance city resources and contractor resources to stretch dollars.
Street work in progress at this time in Miami are three blocks on Lincoln Avenue, two blocks on 12th NE, and one block on C Street.
Streets projects initial plans are for completing $3.2 million in repair or replacement of streets and infrastructure in Miami over the next two years. Grant funding is being pursued for projects such as widening Highway 69A from J-M Farm to Highway 69, and improvements at the traffic signal at Steve Owens and Highway 69A.
Grant funding is also being pursued for use to raise infrastructure such as bridges at Central and on Rockdale. Elm and Veterans Avenue.