Troubleshooters; City Streets

Posted at 6:55 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2019-06-24 16:14:45-04

We begin with a Troubleshooters report on flooding and potholes on city streets.

We’re going to hear from two longtime residents of two city streets, who asked us to take a look at what their streets look like today.

Chase Drive is between Alameda and Gollihar is in bad shape.
Brady Moore should know. He’s lived here all his life. “Why do you think the potholes are here ?” we asked. “The buses. I watch the buses. 3, 4, 5 buses, however many, go every day and they’re back to back, just beating down the road,” Moore said.

So that’s what moore believes causes the potholes. He’s also seen city crews come out to patch them.

“And when they fix the roads it’s always fixed in the rain. Everytime it rains we get our road patched. And it will not last.”
Moore further says it’s likely this rainwater will still be standing here next week.

But Moore and Bill Smith admit they’ve never spoken with their city council representatives about this.
“I’m hoping some city council will see this and get embarassed,” Smith told us.
He’s lived on Louise more than 30 years.
“Everytime it rains Andy, it’s like this the next day,” he said as rain continued to fall.
And it will still be here for days. Weeks.

Smith remembers a city crew stopping by a few years ago.
“Week or 2 later, he dumps some stuff right down the center of the street. And it didn’t do anything.”

I spoke with District 2 councilman Ben Molina about Mr. Smith.
He said he’d contact him today.
I also talked with District 4 councilman Greg Smith about Mr. Moore.
Smith said half of the city’s residential streets are rated poor.
And even with the 2 cent tax increase to fix the streets, that’s still not enough.