Wichitans Rate City Roads 'Fair' To 'Poor'

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

If you haven't noticed, Wichita streets are not in the best condition. In fact, only a third of citizens surveyed say they are in good condition.

The City of Wichita wants to spend millions of dollars to pave the way and make our streets and sidewalks better. On McLean Boulevard, construction was underway Tuesday as workers tried to fix some of the street problems.

The citizen survey conducted in Wichita shows of the 831 people participating, only 31% were happy with street repair, and just 38% were satisfied with sidewalk maintenance. In addition, an internal study found Wichita falling way behind other cities in spending money on street maintenance and in pavement condition.

City Manager Bob Layton said he is hoping to emphasize streets in the upcoming budget by ramping up expenditures in the capital improvement program to $10 million dollars a year by 2014. The city manager will be holding a special public meeting Wednesday at City Hall. He will be presenting a preliminary budget proposal. The public is invited to attend.

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