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Bloomington tries to address street repair backlog

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 04:28:56 CST
By: Lee Strubinger

Bloomington tries to address street repair backlog The City of Bloomington is looking to increase their road resurfacing budget by 500,000 dollars to chip away at a 60 million dollar street repair backlog. The proposed 4 million dollar budget will go toward repairing neglected streets, and unseen repairs like sewer systems. Alderman Mboka Mwilambwepointed out that the City's budget for street resurfacing increases in 500,000 dollar increments every year. Mwilambwe wondered if there will be 'drastic plans' in the future when it comes to fixing the road resurfacing problem. City Manager David Hales says yes...

"It won't be simple choices of the council. With all the competing demands we have in public safety, infrastructure and water supply--to make the larger step increases we may have to look at additional revenue."
Bloomington Council is schedule to vote on the resurfacing budget increase on February 11th when Hales presents his fiscal year 2014 master plan.

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