$3.2 million for paving, road maintenance in city budget
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
Some shoddy roads in Chattanooga are one step closer to repair.
Mayor Andy Berke's administration presented its proposed budget to council members Tuesday.
Included is $3.2 million for paving and street maintenance. That's an 80 percent increase over road improvement funding since 2013's fiscal year.
Blythe Bailey with the City of Chattanooga's Transportation Dept. said there's currently a couple dozen roads in need of repair on the city's radar. The city just recently paved Workman Road and has several others on the list this summer.
With a larger proposed budget, Bailey expects even more roads to be paved and repaired in the 2016 fiscal year.
"We have to be sure that what we do spreads the dollar as wide as it can so we try and be as analytical as possible and not emotional about it," Bailey said.
Bailey explains the city prioritizes the trouble spots by studying them and then ranking them from 0 to 100 with 0 needing structural repair and 100 being a perfect road.
Bailey expects the roads listed for repair or paving in the 2016 fiscal year budget to get attention by next Spring.