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S.D. Smooths Rough Roads

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Aired 9/24/09

San Diego is working to smooth over a rough commute for some of the city’s residents. The city is repaving 150 miles of road, nearly half in the city’s urban core.

Councilman Todd Gloria talks to reporters about street repairs in San Diego. Mayor Jerry Sanders also spoke at the news conference.
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Above: Councilman Todd Gloria talks to reporters about street repairs in San Diego. Mayor Jerry Sanders also spoke at the news conference.

— San Diego is working to smooth over a rough commute for some of the city’s residents. The city is repaving 150 miles of road, nearly half the streets in the city’s urban core.

Driving San Diego’s streets can be a bumpy ride. The city lists more than half of its 3,000 miles of road as being in fair or poor condition. But city officials are working to fix the problem. Councilman Todd Gloria said nearly 60 miles of road in his district will be repaved by October. He said the city’s budget crisis shouldn’t prevent more repairs.

“And additional progress can be made even in difficult budget times like the one the city is experiencing. Progress can be made because we prioritize infrastructure within our city’s budget,” he said.

The city will spend about $80 million on street repairs this year. Gloria said that’s a nearly 400 percent increase from 2005 when the city spent $2.5 million on repairs. San Diego has a deferred maintenance backlog of about $1 billion.

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