Redding City Council Addresses Street Repairs

May 22, 2013 12:08 AM

Smoother streets are ahead for Redding, as the city focuses on improving its roads.

At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, an advisory panel made recommendations to fix some of the rough roadways.

"We looked at our street operations and how we maintain these roads--are we doing things in the right priority or not?" said Public Works Assistant Director Chuck Aukland.

The group's suggestions include making small adjustments to more effectively maintain the streets within budget restrictions.

Worn out pavement, like on Victor, can lead to vehicle injuries and even safety hazards.

The stretch of road on Victor Avenue, between Cypress and Mistletoe, has been given pavement condition rating of 32, which is considered poor.

"If you hit these potholes, you can get a lot of damages. We see car parts out here all the time. Obviously they've hit something," said Flower Express employee Tammy Cherry.

Local businesses along poorly maintained streets can suffer.

"People don't want to drive down the roads to come in. It's harder for some of our older clients to drive down these roads. It does affect us," said Aquariums Plus employee Matt White.

Addressing these issues early benefits the community, and saves money in the long run.

"You pay a lot more money to reconstruct a road than you do to seal and maintain that road, so that's what we're trying to do is get these roads all in good shape so we're just maintaining them and not putting a lot of dollars into these roadways," said Aukland.

Right now the priority is on high speed, high volume streets like Victor and Churn Creek.

The city hopes to be able to address lower volume streets in residential neighborhoods next.


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