PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The City of Philadelphia is releasing its plan for the 2019 paving season Wednesday, as it starts the process of repaving roads around the city. Mayor Jim Kenney and other city leaders will unveil the paving list, along with launching “PavePHL” map.
The map will be available online, allowing city residents to track the paving progress.
The city said in a news release that the Streets Department has to pave an average of 131 miles of roadway each year to keep up with the national standard.
In 2018, a total of 77 miles of repaving was completed, and for this year, the city is looking to exceed 95 miles of repaving.
That would be a major increase in productivity, according to the mayor’s office.
The total repaving program will cost more than $200 million, which is intended to bring the city closer to national roadway standard.
This investment is part of the mayor’s 2020 budget proposal, which also includes adding a third paving crew with an additional 30 employees.
In the past five years, Philadelphia has increased paving by 238%, said Kenney’s office.