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Dallas officials weigh pricey cost of road repairs

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Around this time of year, a mixture of hot and cold weather cycles contribute to creating potholes and cavities along Dallas roads that are big enough to seriously damage vehicles.

Now, the City of Dallas is going to have to dig deep into its pockets if it's going to meet long-term expectations to fix its streets.

For the first time, street repairs may approach almost $1 billion, but fixing the city's estimated 11,000-plus roadways could throw the city's budget out of alignment.

"It impacts the budget now and for several years into the future," said city councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill.

Back in 2006, the city set a lofty goal: an 87 percent satisfaction rate among all residents for its city streets.

Eight years later, opinions often run much lower.

"My district is pretty low in where our streets are," said city councilman Sheffie Kadane. "And I know there are some major thoroughfares there that really need fixing. And need fixing now."

Reaching that satisfaction rate would cost an estimated $900 million, which is close to $1 billion over four years.

"A bond program is going to be absolutely necessary," said Jones Hill. "But a bond program means debt. And a number of councilmembers have talked about no debt."

Along with bad weather, deteriorating streets are also due to shifting soil and old age.

Whatever the road remedy, it will cost a lot of money. Still, the city hopes to keep its costs in the middle of the road.

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