Two University of New Orleans leaders have been selected to serve on the Fix My Streets Financing Working Group, a coalition appointed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to identify solutions for how the city of New Orleans can pay for interior street repairs.
Norma Jean Mattei, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been appointed chair of the 13-member working group. Also on the team is James R. Amdal, senior research associate at the Merritt C. Becker UNO Transportation Institute.
The group is charged with reviewing: estimates for replacements and repair of all streets and subsurface utilities in the city; existing funding sources for that work; information contained in the city’s pavement condition survey; how the city currently communicates with the public about construction work and timelines; national best practices for financing infrastructure repair; and the strategies the city has already undertaken to fix streets and subsurface utilities.
The group is also expected to assess the affordability of financing infrastructure repairs and to make recommendations to the mayor and City Council regarding a long-term strategic plan for repairing streets and subsurface utilities.
Mattei, who is in line to become president of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2017, has been a member of the UNO faculty since 1995. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Louisiana, and was a design and project engineer in the New Orleans area from 1982 to 1989. Her technical research interests include large watershed management, material and structural testing, sustainable reuse of spent construction/fabrication materials, and residual stress measurement. She is also interested in diversity, licensure and ethics issues.
Amdal has been with UNO since 1997. He has served as director of the Merritt C. Becker Jr., Intermodal Transportation Policy and Implementation Center before becoming senior research associate at the newly formed UNO Transportation Institute. His professional efforts focus on maritime and intermodal transportation systems as well as public transit initiatives. His expertise includes transportation infrastructure planning and development, urban planning, historic preservation and community design. He has a wealth of experience related to New Orleans’ Central Area Riverfront development and downtown neighborhoods.