DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Dallas is looking to increase the amount of money it spends on making repairs to streets and alleyways. But some question if the allotted funds will be enough.
The proposed city budget, set to start next month, would increase funding specifically for maintenance and repair. But, city staffers say the $16 million in additional money will only result in Dallas streets deteriorating at a slower rate.
“Our streets are degrading right now at a rate of about, I’d say, about three to five or six-percent. We need to spend approximately $45 million to stop that,” explained Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzales. “It is a decrepit system that is getting worse everyday.”
It was in 2010 when Dallas saw a huge decline in the amount of road work being done on a yearly basis. The city council is now looking now looking at proposing a massive bond issue to try and address some of the estimated $900 million worth of work needed to get streets to a satisfactory level.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings admitted the amount of repairs needed are beyond the curent budget. “I thought that we were holding our own with our current budget, and that the $16 million starts to work and get us better… and it’s not true,” he said.
Gonzales said if the money need is raised there has to be a change in mindset. “If we don’t change our ways, if we continue the pattern that we had in the past of deferring maintenance, we will continue to get what we’ve been getting.”
As it stands, about $100 million of the City of Dallas proposed $3 billion budget is dedicated to streets, alleys and traffic signals. But there are an estimated 40,000 potholes that city workers are trying to fill right now.
The proposal for next year is to perform major repairs on some 600 lane miles of roads.
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