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Freshly paved street dug up again

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One street in Shreveport has seen better, and worse days. Jordan Street received a fresh overlay in early 2012 but has since been dug up TWICE to address water and sewer woes underneath the surface.

John Leblanc is the principal at Loyola College Prep on Jordan. He said, "We were very happy that the street got resurfaced but it's unfortunate that it broke down there and right here in front of the school. The repaving really helped the traffic coming to school, but when you have water mains breaking and the city's infrastructure is so old, you just don't know when it's going to happen."

City councilman Jeff Everson says anytime we repave a city street we could face this problem  because of our leaky water and sewer system. "It wasn't a waste of money because there are hundreds of people who drive that road everyday who are getting an improved experience driving to and from work, dropping off their kids or going to church. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't do it, if we did that, if we had that logic then we wouldn't invest inside our city."

Murray Lloyd lives in Shreveport. He says he's concerned that his tax dollars are being wasted. "This is when people get disgusted and they should. This is not something that snuck up on everybody, this is not something that was unforeseen, this is absolutely what everyone said is going to happen and now it's happening."

But as parents drive around construction zones to pick up kids, some say this is a vast improvement to the drive experience than before the street was paved. LeBlanc concludes, "Until you have all of the infrastructure redone, how can you decide what you're going to do?"

City officials estimate that it costs $1,200 dollars to dig up the street and resurface the affected area. That doesn't include the cost of repairing the water and sewer line beneath.

 

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