RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Department of Public Works Director Bobby Vincent provided an update on the state of the city’s roads and paving projects at his weekly public briefing on Tuesday.
In fiscal year 2021, 570 lane miles of road have been paved, 800 ADA ramps have been installed and $20 million has been spent at 62 different locations across the city.
When looking ahead to fiscal year 2022, Director of the Department of Public Works Bobby Vincent said the city is currently planning to pave 230 lane miles, install 600 ADA ramps and spend $16.7 million on projects at 40+ locations around Richmond.
Mayor Stoney noted that the uptick in funding for paving projects has been welcomed, considering in FY 2017 he said the city was only spending $3.5 million.
Stoney added the efforts to pave roads is bigger than efforts to just fill in potholes, which potholes are a common gripe among many residents within the city limits.
“It’s all in due time,” Stoney said. “I know our residents have been very, very patient for decades now, but they’re seeing more investment than they’ve ever seen before in paving.”
Stoney and Vincent also highlighted that the focus of paving efforts has been in areas of the city that haven’t had new asphalt in over a decade.
“We’re making equity our priority,” he said.
You can watch the mayor’s briefing on the city’s Facebook page.