Sanders Pledges $10M in Street Repairs

By Christina London and Lauren Steussy
|  Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012  |  Updated 7:42 PM PDT
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Roads Cause Backlog for SD

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San Diego Streets Get a Facelift

The mayor's office says it has spent an unprecedented amount of money to repair the city's streets.

Roads Cause Backlog for SD

Private consultants say San Diego's streets and roads have gotten worse for wear since 2007.
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If you've been downtown lately, you probably noticed a lot street construction. Mayor Jerry Sanders said Tuesday we'll soon see a lot more of it.

Sanders spoke at a news conference in the Gaslamp Tuesday afternoon, not far from road construction underway on Fifth Avenue.

The city has already dedicated $90 million to street resurfacing since 2010. He announced plans to spend an additional $10 million dollars to repair streets around the city. The city will pay for the street repairs with a $25 million bond.

Sanders said the rest of the money will go toward building a new fire station in Mission Valley, repairing the Mission Beach seawall and building several new libraries.

"Nearly 200 miles of street have been resurfaced or soon will be resurfaced with that money," Sanders said at a press conference Tuesday.

"In the past couple years, I think it's safe to say we've taken the most aggressive steps in the city's history to improve the condition of San Diego streets."

San Diego's disheveled streets have become a hot button issue in city politics over the past several years, with a multi-million dollar deferred maintenance backlog pressing into mayoral candidates' platform promises.

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