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Chico road repair money

Expect the pot holes from the recent rains to stay put for now.

Posted: Mar 1, 2019 6:46 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2019 10:40 AM

CHICO, Calif - Expect the pot holes from the recent rains to stay put for now.

The Mayor of Chico, Randall Stone, said the city needs eight million dollars to maintain the roads in their current condition.

Stone said over the years the city has only put one million towards repairs.

Where is the other seven million dollars? Well, a majority is going towards public safety - police and fire salaries.

Stone said the Public Works Director for Engineering, Brendan Ottoboni, is trying to find a solution.

"Even though we had that one million we've been spending, Brendan's been out pulling an additional million to a million and a half of money just to apply to our roads -- and that's what you saw with Cohasset Rd."

"That's what we're going to see with the Esplanade, and that's what we're working on with Eaton Road and the Highway 99 interchange," Stone continued.

He said those road projects are "all things that we're beginning to work on."

"We've also asked for money from the state for Camp Fire relief," he said, "... and for the types of damages and impacts that we're seeing with traffic. You know, 12 million dollars in traffic mitigation alone just to make it easier to traverse our streets."

Chico's Assistant City Manager, Chris Constantin, said the Cohasset Rd. project cost two million dollars, and only about one mile of road that was fixed.

Constantin said it will take 300 million dollars to fix all of the major and residential roads in the City of Chico.

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