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Repairing San Diego’s Crumbling Roads An Uphill Battle

Evening Edition

Aired 10/17/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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San Diego Infrastructure Committee Chairman and Councilman Mark Kersey

Transcript

Listen to any of the top candidates for San Diego mayor and you won't have to wait long to hear the words "neighborhoods" or "street repair." The city's deteriorating infrastructure is a big theme during this campaign.

According to a recent study, San Diego's roads are the fourth worst in the nation and that's not even the half of it. San Diego's infrastructure is badly in need of repair. Early estimates put the cost at nearly $900 million but a report released this summer by the city's Independent Budget Analyst said that estimate doesn't include everything and the price tag will be much higher.

How will the repairs get done? Since 2009, the city has borrowed $213 million for infrastructure repairs but there isn't a plan in place to prioritize the remaining repairs, yet.

San Diego Infrastructure Committee Chairman and Councilman Mark Kersey said he wants to change that. He's leading the effort to develop a five-year plan that will determine what gets fixed when and where the money will come from.

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