Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen announced that the town awarded approximately $17.5 million in bids and awards for critical road repairs and repaving in 2018 — more than in both 2017 and 2016 combined.

The Town of Hempstead bid out and completed $6.3 million in repaving and reconstruction work in 2017 and $3.7 million in 2016.

“Keeping the Town’s roads in a state of good repair contributes to a more robust local economy and favorably impacts the quality of life for residents and small businesses,” said Gillen. “By allocating more funding now and addressing our crumbling roads head on, we are averting higher repair costs later, before our roads turn into a state of complete disrepair.”

According to Gillen’s five-year Capital Plan, approximately $26 million has been budgeted for road reconstruction in both 2019 and 2020.

The town also filled approximately 71,000 potholes on over 1,200 miles of roadway in 2018, a statistic which the Town hopes can be reduced as newer roads — free from potholes and cracks — will necessitate fewer ongoing repairs.

“I applaud the hardworking crews in our Highway and Engineering Departments for quickly addressing issues as they materialized in 2018,” said Gillen. “Fixing our crumbling infrastructure is a top priority.”

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