SAN DIEGO, CA — This may be America’s finest city, but its road — not so much.
Public pressure over potholes is generating many questions about when the city will finally bring substantial improvements to San Diego roads.
Wednesday, Councilmen Mark Kersey who chairs the city’s infrastructure committee told us they’re doing their best to keep up with the growing number of complaints, “they [city workers] fill about 30 thousand potholes a year so they’re working hard,” said Kersey.
But these efforts aren’t apparently enough for many taxpayers who contacted Fox 5 after our story profiling the city’s current situation with potholes aired Wednesday.
“This one pothole has been here for months,” said one woman near the intersection of Shawline Street and Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
Potholes aren’t a new issue in San Diego, but even city officials admit things have only gotten worse over the years.
“There just wasn’t money and the previous administration stopped funding infrastructure,” declared Kersey.
“Right up here, there’s a huge one,” said Maxine Aaron, “you hit it and you don’t know if you’ve flattened your tire or your alignment came out,” she said.
“The public should be mad as hell,” said former city Councilman, Carl DeMaio who served last year when the city decided to borrow 100 million dollars in bonds, and put it toward infrastructure.
“So where’s the money?” asked Aaron.
“The city wasn’t able to spend the money quick enough because of the bureaucracy, the regulations and it didn’t all go to infrastructure,” said DeMaio who ran for San Diego City Mayor and lost to current Mayor, Bob Filner.
City officials say the funds are however being used accordingly, but it’s only a drop in the bucket.
The city’s to do list adds up to more than a billion dollars.
The city’s new infrastructure committee is working on developing a comprehensive 5 year plan to address the problem.
They plan to reveal details of the plan, fall of this year.
Just last week city officials were able to allocate another 35 million in bond money to be used in street repairs.