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May 31, 2013 12:24 PM by Erika Flores

Pothole-free roads, repaved streets coming with Tucson bond money

TUCSON - 100 million dollars in bond money are going to repair more than 200 miles of city streets over the next five years.

Drivers said it's about time.

Drivers are sick and tired of getting bumped around in their cars and having to repair flat tires when going over those streets. This bond program promises to improve the condition of many Tucson streets.

Over the next five years, the city of Tucson will spend voter approved bonds to fix many streets.

A bond oversight commission was nominated to help get the project done on time and on budget.

"It's not only dealing with potholes. It deals with repaving and other things that are important to make sure that our streets are smooth and that people understand that their tax dollars are being spent correctly," said Richard Miranda, city manager.

The $100 million project will fix major streets for the most part.

15 percent will fix neighborhood roads.

Homeowners voted for a tax increase to get this job done.

"For this year what they'll see related to this bond issue is only a 3 dollar increase instead of the full 18 dollars," said Kelly Gottschalk, city chief financial officer.

The committee will meet on a quarterly basis and will be hearing a lot from Tucson neighborhoods on why their specific neighborhood should get repaved.

The city already has a map of the plan for which major streets will be repaved.

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