PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The city of Pittsburgh has apparently found $6 million to pave streets.
“We’ve scrubbed some old accounts and we put together what would constitute a credible paving program,” Pittsburgh Operations Director Duane Ashley said.
He says the administration will disregard City Council’s wishes which aim to spread the money equally over the nine districts.
“We’re the executive side of city government and they’re the legislative side,” Ashley said. “Our role is to make informed decisions based on the available information at our disposal and we’re going to act accordingly.”
City Councilman Bill Peduto says council tried to divide the money equally because it doesn’t trust the administration to pave the neediest streets first.
“What we saw time after time is that asphalt was being used for political purposes – not where it was needed the most,” he said.
Ashley disagrees, but says $6 million isn’t enough to deal with the overall need.
“We’re going to present some counter proposals City Council so that we can optimize the available dollars at this point in time,” he said.