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Another street dug up due to water and sewer woes

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Snow isn't a common occurrence here in Shreveport, but becoming all too common is this a relatively fresh, if not newly re-paved street that has to be dug up again. Sound familiar? Keith Mahone says, it sounds all too familiar. "We shouldn't have to fix the street, then fix the sewer, then fix the street again because we didn't plan for the fact that we need to fix the sewer before we fix the street. This the biggest problem that we're having as far as our planning and developing in order to save ourselves money so that we can do other things that the city needs to do."

Here's another example. Jordan street right in front of Loyola College Prep had the same problem earlier this year. And let's not forget last year, when another section of Jordan was dug up for the same thing. City councilman Michael Corbin says extremely old pipes, freshly paved streets and extreme temperatures ranging from really cold to really hot, are tough on our water and sewer system. "We don't know what's under the ground, we don't know what is under our streets or what conditions the pipes are in so that's an issue. We can also tie in water main, sewer mains and other utilities and maybe the age of some of those so that we can better coordinate as we move forward with projects."

Loyola's principal, John Leblanc says he understands the city's plight. "Until we have all of the infrastructure redone, how can you decide what you're going to do."
Now here's the situation, should we continue to try and improve our streets, or let them fall by the wayside and fix all of our pipes first? That's the dilemma before city officials.

It's estimated to cost $1,200 dollars for materials and labor to resurface the area that had to be dug up. That doesn't include fixing the water main; digging the hole, filling it back in and compacting it. Add all of that to the mix and the cost rises.

 

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