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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
A car slows down for potholes along Darmouth Drive. The street is among many due for repairs this year.

City details $20 million in street improvements

Mayor Tom Henry on Thursday unveiled the list of construction projects for this summer, a nine-page list of projects totaling more than $20 million.

Some of those projects are already moving through the approval and bidding process through the Board of Public Works. Henry’s announcement revealed the entire list of projects planned, including 50 miles of paving, 10 miles of concrete reconstruction, work on brick streets, 12 miles of chip and seal repairs, hundreds of sidewalk repairs and curb ramps.

This is the first year of a five-year blitz of construction projects meant to catch up on a $50 million backlog of projects the city has fallen behind on because of falling gas tax revenue. It’s being paid for by an increase in the local income tax.

“This is going to make us the envy of many other cities,” Henry told a group of reporters, construction officials and neighborhood representatives standing in a single-digit wind chill at McMillen Park.

“We’re going to put the city of Fort Wayne on the map.”

The projects are spread across the city, from Coldwater Road north of Dupont to Airport Drive.

“If any of you want to start a business, the orange cone business would be a good one to start about now,” Henry said.

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