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Garcetti Announces Plan to Repair Roads Across L.A.

On Wednesday morning Mayor Garcetti announced a plan to repair roads throughout the city over the next 15-20 years. ATVN's Kelly Reinke explores some of the worst roads in Los Angeles. 

It’s no secret that many of LA’s roads are in bad shape.  In 2013, the LA Times graded road quality among the city’s neighborhoods.  The average grade of the city’s roads was a C, with the heart of the problem being aging streets, heavy traffic, and roads plagued by potholes, cracks, and ruts.  Today, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced an ambitious plan to repair LA’s deteriorating roads over the next few years, saying, “We are going to be ‘Street Smart’ with our paving to make sure we squeeze more miles out of every dollar we spend.”  His “Street Smart” package includes paving an extra 200 miles per year, upgrading Asphalt Plant #1 in South LA, and banning street cuts into streets that have been resurfaced in the past three years.  

All of these repairs will come at a cost.  Construction brings even more traffic jams, but the prospect of better roads seems worth it to some residents.  Judy DeLatorre told ATVN, “The worst thing about living in LA is the traffic.  I don’t think that’s really going to change, so I think we need to have good roads.”  

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