Streets In Need Of Repair
Jefferson City resident Rita Rauba has been living on Old Gibler Road for 12 years, and she says she has never seen the city repave the entire street.
"Our roads out here have deteriorated, particularly the area across the street that you noticed early. That has really broken down substaintially over the last probably year," said Rauba. Several areas are badly rutted and torn up, and are now an eyesore for residents. But Rauba says it isn't a matter of looks anymore, it's matter of safety, especially for her kids.
"I worry about cracks and holes and the rough areas where the asphalt might be coming up and I don't want them to hit a rock and we end up having to take them to the hospital for broken bones," she said.
Rauba's daughter Stephanie had her own battle with Old Gibler. "I was coming down, just a few months ago on my scooter and I hit a bump and it tripped me and I ended up with a broken bone," she said.
City officials are aware of the problems, but they say it's a question of budgeting.
"As long as petroleum prices stay up, the cost of asphalt stays up, these are all continuing, ongoing problems we're going to have to figure out how we're going to address," said Streets and Parking Divisions Director Britt Smith.
Officials say increased costs mean less money for resurficing and repair. Jefferson City currently spends $600,000 each year to fix the streets, and officials are working to boost funding.
Additional truck weight is also taking its toll. The asphalt near the curbs is simply not thick enough.
"What we've noticed, where we saw it come to light first was our trash trucks. Again, we don't says it's a trash truck problem, but we need to address it," Smith said.
City officials say the road to recovery starts with residents moving their trash cans from the end of their driveways to the front of the curb. This way there will be less stress near the curbs.