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City Working to Repave Pothole-Riddled Roads

The city is working to repair and repave the Memphis streets riddled with potholes, but it's going to cost you.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The city is working to repair and repave the Memphis streets riddled with potholes, but it's going to cost you.

According to Robert Knecht, Deputy Director of the City of Memphis Public Works Department, "Under this year's budget we were allocated $6.5 million for paving in-house."

He says that $6.5 million is good, but it's not nearly enough.

"The funding has not been sufficient to keep us in line to where we'd like to be," noted Knecht, "We're doing the best out of the funding we do receive."

Right now the city is in the process of repaving 80 to 100 lane miles of streets. The streets to be repaired are chosen based on several factors.

Based on "cracking, pot holes, number of cut and patches that might have been done and how much wear has been on there," Knecht says, "We rank them, evaluate them and based on that ranking they are placed into our paving cycle… that determines how much priority it's going to actually receive."

Knecht says he understands drivers may get a little frustrated when they see streets cut down to one lane because of road work, but points out, "Whenever you see resurfacing going on it's a good thing."

The City of Memphis says if you have a street you need repaired, call them or send them a picture with the city's new Smart Government app.

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