Arlington Street Repairs a “Critical Issue”

Drivers complain about poor street conditions

The city of Arlington is looking for ways to address a roughly $400 million backlog of needed street repairs.

Arlington residents complain that residential streets along their neighborhoods are barely operable.

“They're terrible,” said Toby Chandler, who loves just off Mitchell Street, in east Arlington.“They come and patch it up and when it rains the patch is no good and they come and they re-patch and re-patch and re-patch,” said Chandler, pointing to potholes that had been patched up on his street.

The Arlington Public Works Department estimates more than 10 percent of the city's streets need serious work. Officials with the department told city council it would be more cost effective to rebuild some rather than temporary patch work.

“The condition of our roads is the most critical issue facing the city, one that needs to be addressed,” Councilman Robert Rivera said.

Public works suggested that the city consider reconstructing streets in poor condition, instead of the city's current approach, which only focuses on roads in god condition.

Residents say fixing the streets could lead down to other positive changes.

“This is a city they have a brand new stadium bringing in all kinds of revenue, why can't they at least fix these roads?" Chandler said. "Maybe people would then have the motivation to clean up their yards or do some yard work around here.”

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