In the past, as you may know, our city has made the list of fattest cities in the country, and dumbest cities, and now we have made it onto another list that no one wants to brag about.
What's worse, is that there may not be much disagreement. It seems Corpus Christi streets have been ranked as being among the worst in the U.S.
A new report from TRIP, which is a national transportation research group out of Washington D.C., ranks our streets the 11th worst of mid-sized cities.
That, of course, is not a surprise to those who live here and drive on our roads on a daily basis. The City admitted that it failed to keep up with the streets and now faces a billion dollar repair job.
Council has voted to increase the annual street budget from $35-50 million. Early next year, you will start to see that nearly $6 street user fee on your utility bill. That will help fund the much needed paving work.
"We have a lot of work to do. That's no secret to anybody," Councilman David Loeb said. "You don't need a national study to show that you can't drive down our streets."
"It's always good to have outside third parties confirm what we already know," Councilman Chad Magill said. "It gives you that much more energy for implementation to get something done."
Magill added that 465 miles of residential roads have no funding plan other than one which calls for residents to pay 90-percent of the cost of repairing their street. He is hoping the study will help fuel council to figure out a better funding plan for neighborhood streets.
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