MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The drive is getting smoother for area drivers. A few months ago, we told you about the city unveiling a new map of scheduled street repaving in the coming years. Thanks to more city money, more city streets are getting the repaving treatment.
Neighbors who haven't witnessed this kind of resurfacing in 'decades' are excited. "We pay our taxes, we are supposed to get our streets repaired."
In his 41 years living on South Evergreen in midtown, Robert Bader witnessed a complete street resurfacing just once. His street, like many in Memphis, is a mess of patches and potholes. But hope and help arrive this week on his street after the city of Memphis crews finish up on north Evergreen.
"People want their houses to look nice, but when the road looks like this, it just makes the whole area look bad,” says Cory Likens. "I think it's going to make the neighborhood look a lot nicer, just in general, bring up everybody's morale up."
This street project and others marked in green on an interactive map, will be completed this year.
"I try not to hit the unlevel part, try to make it as level as possible." Rachel Finkenstaedt loves her southeast Memphis neighbors but hates the condition of her street, one not completely resurfaced in more than 35 years. “It's pretty rough, it worries me for my tires a little bit."
According to the interactive map, her block around Flamingo and West Perkins get the resurfacing treatment in 2018. Crews just finished repaving a stretch of Colonial nearby.
“Very thankful that tax dollars are going to something that will help our neighborhood,” says Finkenstaedt.
The repaving progress comes as the city of Memphis put more money into street repairs for the third straight year, and returned to a 25-year repaving schedule.
"To see your street paved, that's like the first key thing they see to see that their tax dollars are really at work,” says Robert Knecht with the city.
The city of Memphis nearly doubled its overall budget for street repaving since 2015. City leaders said streets are prioritized for repaving by several factors, including 311 call volume and utility work history.