Google is looking to fix the crumbling and deteriorating roads that litter New York City’s caliche city by itself, using private contractors and the city’s $1 billion road repair program.
The city, however, is asking Google to hire outside contractors to repair Caliche streets that are already in poor condition and potentially unsafe.
The search giant has not publicly acknowledged the plan, which is part of a broader effort to improve and repair the city streets, or what the city is asking for.
Google has also declined to share its progress on Caliche roads, or detail how much it will spend.
The company’s Caliche Road Task Force, made up of local contractors and local officials, has been meeting every week since March, said Andrew Pomerantz, a Google spokeswoman.
Google is currently working with contractors to install a new culvert at the intersection of Caliche Avenue and Long Island Avenue, which will help clear away debris that’s fallen from the roof of a neighboring home.
The culvert will allow for better drainage, Pomerants said.
Google plans to begin repairing the streets this summer, he said.
“We want to do this in a way that will benefit the entire community,” he said in an email.
Google’s work in New York is just one of several examples of Google trying to avoid contracting with the government, which the company says can create unnecessary costs.
The Washington Post reports that Google is using contractors to make repairs at the city sewer system, but the agency has not yet approved them for use in the Caliche road repairs.
The New York Times reported that Google paid $20 million to repair the drainage system in the New York Public Library and $5 million to fix stormwater drains in the Queens neighborhood of Manhattan.
In January, Google announced that it was also partnering with the city to replace the citywide sewer system.
The contractor’s name was redacted in the Post’s report.
Google also is partnering with a contractor to install drainage systems for the city water system in New Jersey and Rhode Island.
The water company has said that the new systems will be able to provide enough water to serve more than 50 million people, compared to more than 40 million in 2015.
A city spokesperson said that city engineers have been working with Google and the contractor to determine what will be needed for the project, but that it is still in its early stages.
Google said in a statement to The Verge that the company is working with the local contractors to build the drainage systems.
“Google is looking forward to working with our local partners to help us design and install the necessary drainage systems,” the statement said.
The Caliche program, which was launched in 2004, has grown from $7 million to $28.5 million in revenue over the past decade.
Google says the city of New York has provided $5.4 million in grant funding for the program.
Google was not immediately available for comment.