Council allocates $13.5 million for road repairs - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Council allocates $13.5 million for road repairs

(Source: WMC Action News 5) (Source: WMC Action News 5)

The wintry weather that hit the Mid-South this year caused major blows, not only to tires, but also to drivers' wallets. The good news? Help is on the way in case it happens again.

Drivers are happy to hear that something is being done about the potholes that form in the roadways after winter storms.

"I hate 'em (potholes), because I just messed up my truck," driver Davisha Silas said.

"I was coming down Elvis Presley (Boulevard), right in front of the mansion and stuff, the street, it's just all rocky and stuff like that," added Larry Cody.

On Tuesday, Memphis City Council members responded to the complaints with a budget committee's request to add at least $13.5 million for road repairs.

"Yes, the winter weather made our roads worse. But, they were bad before that," said Memphis City Council Budget Committee Chairman Jim Strickland. "You can't drive on any road for long without seeing really bad roads."

Drivers are ecstatic that something is being done about the pothole problems.

"I grew up with these potholes, and they need to be repaired because it's a danger to the driver," said driver K.C. Kennedy.

"And you deserve to roll on a road, on the street that is smooth and not have to worry about running into a pothole," Cody agreed.

The budget committee also requested $7 million in community projects for 2016. The items will be added to the proposed budget and voted on later this year.

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