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$21 Million dollar worth of street work put on hold

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Shreveport streets could use some attention some even need a lot of work.

But what's surprising is the latest controversy is all in the name of getting street work done. Some of that work has come to a complete stop because mayor glover says some streets may not be deserving of upgrades.

The question is, if this is one of the worst streets in it's district, does it not deserve the upgrades?

"It's unfortunate that they're arguing while nothing's getting done." Misty Moore says it's easy to see where the trouble is on Shreveport's streets and city officials should act on it, soon.

But Mayor Glover says he wants to hold off on some road work so he evaluate streets to make sure city funds are being used wisely. "If this represents one of the worst streets in this particular area, lets look at it in comparison to some of the worst streets in other areas of the city."

Each district in the city has $3 million dollars to spend on road repair from the 2011 bond. Each city council member, elected to represent that district, compiled a list of streets to get upgrades with those funds. Council members were tasked with picking the worst streets from their district.
Glover says some streets on the list are barely passable while others are smooth. "If those things are happening there, but we can come up with the resources to fix this street, then why won't you give us what we need to fix streets all across Shreveport?"

Oliver Jenkins is the city councilman for Carroll Street. He says, the street is highly traveled and deserves the funds. Jenkins says, the street list in question was put together in 2012. "Obviously there's some interest into why we're two to three years into this and no one has done this analysis at this point."

Some of the road work has already been completed in this project. Mayor Glover isn't stopping all of the city's street projects, in the name of fixing streets. He's just pausing the 2011 bond approved work for what he calls a moment to make sure the city is doing the right thing.

The total amount of the 2011 bond money for street improvements was $21 million dollars. City council members voted to split the funds seven ways.


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