Audit: $277 million needed to repair streets

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The road audit says Richmond needs hundreds of millions of dollars to fix all the problems with your city streets and that a third of all city streets need major work, even reconstruction.

According to the audit, this is a case of not enough money to go around and roads not really being a big priority over the last decade.

Last night, our investigation into city streets allowed you to rank the worst of the worst. Now, we look at what it will take to fix them all.

That bumpy drive is only going to get worse in Richmond. That's according to a new city audit that says 66% of city roads are in fair or poor condition, many needing complete reconstruction.

To fix them all would cost the city nearly $277 million. But in the last 10 years the city's only set aside $24 million.

City auditor Umesh Dalal says the city's been underfunding roads for years and it's taken a toll. He says regular maintenance would prevent more roads from crumbling so quickly.

Streets in church hill were treated with slurry in 2010, and a few months later, were already deteriorating.

We held a call 12 for the city auditor in July. In one and a half hours, 158 people called in to complain about the streets. The auditor says that's excessive and shows the level of frustration by citizens.

The road conditions are costing taxpayers on average $343 a year.

The audit recommends the city finding more money and soon. It even suggests reallocating the meals tax to help pay for roads, taking out new bonds or using the more than $60 million the city is getting from the RMA deal.

If you'd like to read the entire audit report, find it here.

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