Infrastructure progress: Paving
As a supplement to the recent post about “Infrastructure Abounds“, I just wanted to put this paving into perspective.
There are approximately 32 linear miles of roads within the city limits of Hoboken. This 0.4 miles of paving they’re doing on 8th and 3rd Streets represents 1.25% of the entire available pavement (or 1/80th). Based on the cost of this project, it’d cost $32 million dollars to re-surface the whole town (a million dollars per mile).
Not saying that every road needs work, but it certainly seems as if most of them do. Potholes, sinkholes, flooding and more. But does a million dollars per mile sound right? Is there anyone familiar with the road re-surfacing industry that would be able to compare that figure to other projects? I do understand that not every section of Hoboken would require new curbing, etc, but maybe now the city should negotiate a long-term contract or discount schedule with a contractor to lock in favorable rates for future work. When you tell that company that they’d have exclusive rights to all upcoming work on the 32 available miles (say for the next 5 years), they’d be more apt give a volume rate. At least that’s how I understand negotiating. However, knowing this city, they probably won’t have such progressive thoughts.
Here’s some large equipment on 8th St. last week.