Colorado

Mar 25, 2014 8:34 PM by Matt Prichard

Pothole problems surface

Mayor Steve Bach sounding off on the state of our streets, calling for change to our pothole problem.

"Our streets are in the worst condition in my 48-years here, and it's been coming on for decades. We've been deferring, replacing and repairing our streets and we must change that, we must get our streets into good condition," said Colorado Springs Mayor, Steve Bach.

However the Streets Division may have the most to complain about as they've been working non-stop since the start of 2014.

"We've been averaging just over 23,000 potholes that we have filled at the streets division per-year. To date, we've done over 8,100 potholes in 2014 which is on pace to do thirty percent over our seven year average," said Streets Division Manager, Corey Farkas.

The mayor does have a solution coming from the emergency fund though. Bach plans to ask council for two million dollars on April 7th, saying it's a temporary solution to a growing problem. 

"Two million dollars will help us in terms of 80 some thousand potholes but it's only like a two year fix, but it's better than what we have today," said Mayor Bach.

But Farkas says they need a permanent solution instead of band-aid fixes. 

"That's a short term fix, what we need to do is get a good plan for long term sustainability on our roads and that's going to take a lot of action from our citizens and executives," said Farkas. 

Regardless both agree that the two million dollars won't fix the problem, and that more discussion will be needed to come up with that permanent solution.

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