NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City City Council approved a one and six-year street plan Monday that includes $5.2 million in projects, but nothing regarding brick streets.
This year’s project on north 11th Street from First Avenue through Orchard Drive is estimated to cost $2.3 million.
Street Commissioner Vic Johns said he is working with city staff to explore solutions for brick streets, which have fallen off the street plan.
Johns said brick street repair and maintenance costs are higher compared to pavement.
The Columbia, Mo., city council reported that brick streets are less expensive when the total life of the road is considered. Brick streets can be expected to last 150 years or more, while an asphalt street would be replaced 10 times in that period.
Rock Island, Ill., created a street preservation committee in 1992 to help prioritize brick streets to be preserved. The city later set aside a portion of road funds for prioritized brick streets.
Johns said pubic input will be needed to help guide decisions about the future of brick streets.