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Now that sales tax extended, Cedar Rapids roads will get fixed

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Ann Asquith has lived in Cedar Rapids for almost her entire life. She says over the years the streets have really deteriorated.

"The city, in general, the streets have been so bad and things have really gone downhill, I think, since the flood," said Asquith.

For years, the city has had to put off fixing residential roads because there wasn't enough money to do it.

Now that voters approved the Local Option Sales Tax extension, the city council has directed staff to get to "local" roads right away.

"We're looking forward to being able to get the streets back up to a condition that we know the public wants them to be in," said David Elgin, Public Works director.

The Public Works Department has a list of quick start projects to begin next year.

The city wants to fix streets for the long haul, so engineers are working with utility companies to see which roads won't be torn up in a few years. This way the city can actually lay down new asphalt and not just patch potholes.

"It can give us a very cost-effective service life extension of another 10, 15 or 20 years," said Elgin.

Asquith is glad to hear 9th Ave SW, where her home is, made the list of more than 80 quick starts and could be fixed by this time next year.

"That would be awesome," said Asquith.

However, the list is just a draft. The number of projects could increase -- or decrease.

Also making the quick start list: sections of Edgewood Road and Center Point Road, s stretch of Ellis Boulevard, and a few streets in Wellington Heights.

The Public Works Department is developing a 10-year plan to fix streets citywide.
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