DALLAS (CBDFW.COM) – Overall road conditions in Dallas will not improve in 2016, despite the city spending $40.3 million this year on street repairs.
The money will help repair 619 lane miles in Dallas. That’s an an increase from the 532 lane miles repaired last year.
However, the repairs will only prevent overall street conditions from becoming worse, city officials said.
The repairs will not move the city closer to the 87% street satisfactory level the council promised citizens a decade ago, officials said. The current street satisfactory rate is 74.1%.
Councilmen Philip Kingston and Scott Griggs will be asking the city staff to put a database with all the roads receiving maintenance in 2016 on the city’s website so citizens can see exactly where their tax dollars are being spent.
Kingston, who has already put a list of street repairs in his district on his Facebook, said the Matilda Street in East Dallas is one not on the list to receive repairs this year despite being covered in potholes and cracks.
Tyler Johnson, who avoids driving on Matilda Street when possible because of all its potholes, said she’s frustrated that the city has fallen so far behind in repairs.
“I’m afraid my tire is going to roll off when I drive on Matilda.” she said. “You would think with $40-million this would be one of the streets that could be repaired.”
Kingston said the coming 2017 $1B bond could address many of needed street repairs but, he added, only if the bond money isn’t spent elsewhere.
Even with the bond money, it will likely be 2018 before Dallas drivers see a significant improvement in overall road conditions.
Until then, many at city hall say keeping the roads from becoming worse is at least an improvement.
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