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TACOMA: Go private for street repairs

Letter by Steve Duchesne, Tacoma on Feb. 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | 24 Comments »
February 2, 2012 2:28 pm

Tacoma streets are in serious need of repair. I am aggravated daily when I use the streets in Tacoma.

I live in the Stadium District where the property taxes are sky high. People take care of their homes, yet we have to drive on streets that are crumbling. My car rattles over the bumps and potholes. It’s a disgrace, really. Many side streets in the North End are horrible.

A few years back we had some utilities installed, and half of the road was torn up and needed repaving. The utility work was done by a private company that sub-contracted out the paving portion. The paving company came in and efficiently repaved the road where the utilities were installed. That repaving work looks as good today as it did three years ago.

The city repaired potholes on Tacoma Ave South a couple of months ago. Now there are new holes, and some of the patches are coming apart.

I know part of the problem is the recent winter snowstorm. However patching is not a long-term solution to our street problems. Many streets simply need to be repaved.

I would support new taxes if the money were to go to a private contractor to repave crumbling roads. There are many qualified paving contractors out there who can do the job efficiently and cost-effectively.


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