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Shreveport's Bad Roads..Part. 2

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Some roads in Shreveport, like Jordan, have famously been torn up and redone over and over. Water and sewer issues that couldn't be addressed quickly, made repairs to the surface not last very long.

So what Shreveport roads are at the top of the list right now to get repaired this summer?

We chronicled for you the mess of pitted pavement on Columbia and Wheeless Streets in Shreveport.

"All of this is just cracking and falling apart," said Columbia Street resident Chip Lipsey.

After talking to several residents in the area I decided to call District "B" City Councilman, Jeff Everson to see what could be done.

That call produced some good news for people who travel the road on a regular basis. After years of neglect, the street will finally be fixed this Summer as part of the Asphalt Overlay Program.

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I obtained a list of trouble spots that will get some much needed attention from this almost one million dollar project.

They're in all sectors and districts of the city and include Christopher Street, Gilbert Drive, Jody Lane, Doris Street and Santa Monica Drive.

"The projects probably should start at the latest around August 1st and should be completed no later than the end of September," said Stanley Harris, Director of the Department of Public Works.

Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fixing the roads of Shreveport. Along with the Asphalt Overlay Program, there's a Bond Program, a Concrete Joints and Panel replacement Program and Arterial Streets Program.

All of those combined is about 18 million dollars worth of work. Sounds like a lot of money right? Not even a drop in the bucket when it comes to getting these steets up to par.

"Right now the city has over four-hundred million in back log street repairs we need to make right now," said Stanley Harris.

Did you catch that? The city has over four-hundred million in back log street repairs that needs to be done right now. I don't know of any city that has an extra four-hundred million.

So what can you do to try and avoid a mess on your street for 5 or 10 years? Well, one thing you can do is be a squeeky wheel.

"We have so many streets that need repair and the list could go on and on. We work very closely with the council to determine which ones we go ahead and overlay.

We try to ride the steets ourselves, we take a look at them. When we receive complaints from citizens, we go and take a look at those."

So being vocal is always a good idea, but in 2014 there's a new system that's being implemented. It cost taxpayers half a million dollars. It's called the Pavement Management System, and local lawmakers believe it will help us target where to spend our limited street repair money.

"We basically ride all the streets. We take a look at the streets. We use special equipment to measure some of it. What we end up with is a condition rating for every street in the city of Shreveport. It helps us be a lot smarter about how we make repairs to our streets right now.

The first phase of the street mapping evaluations is complete and you can check out exactly how your street is rated and prioritized. Just click here to find your street rating.

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