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Mayor Runs for Better City Roads

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Working up a sweat, Mayor Ron Corbett ran his daily five mile route Thursday along C Avenue. 
"People honk and wave, and say you know, Good job, mayor, Corbett said.
When he's not out running for re-election, he's running through Cedar Rapids.
"When you're running, you can see how deep the potholes are," he said pointing at a pothole on C Avenue, patched with asphalt.
He's looking for cracked streets and sidewalks.
That's two inches deep," said Corbett fitting his sneaker into a pothole.
The mayor says his goal is to run 200 miles, identifying streets that need work--an effort to get voters to extend a one -cent local option sales tax where 100 percent of the money would help fix those streets.
"We have about 20 percent that are in serious damage," Corbett said.
Residents like Scott Frugoli hope Oakland Road is at the top of that "fix-it" list.
"All the way across 32nd(street) and past 32nd is just as bad if not worse," Frugoli said.
He says the roads are so bad he's spent hundreds fixing his car.
"From hitting one of these holes in the street," he said.
He thinks the mayor running through the city is a good idea as long as it ends his bumpy commute.
Voters will decide whether or not to extend the local option sales tax November fifth.


 
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