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Beginning Plans to Repair Roads in Place

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Plans to begin repairing streets in Cedar Rapids are now underway just one month after voters approved the local options sales tax.

The Public Works department has put together a priority program that allows them to get to work as early as next year.

The idea is to repair patched and cracked roads like this one beginning next year--but it's also about doing that in the most cost efficient way. That's what the "quick start" streets program is all about.

Nearing the end of their service life, Officials say that's the bottom line when it comes to many streets in Cedar Rapids.

Now with money from the local options sales tax, repairing them gets underway.

"We've identified projects for the street improvement program for 2014 that we're going to be able to add into our normal capital improvements program, said David Elgin, Cedar Rapids Public Works Director.

It's called "the quick start program" and includes a priority list of 86 street projects.

Those streets are the ones that have been reviewed to ensure that utility companies will not be tearing them up anytime soon.

"We want to get projects ready to start the construction season and continue throughout even though the revenue for the program don't show up until later on in the year, Elgin said.

Right now the money will come from other programs which will then be reimbursed once funds from lost kick in in July.

Elgin says they will also look at the entire city to put together plans for other roads that will be repaired in the next ten years. City leaders are on board.

"We wanted to get off to a real good start and get prepared for the construction season, said Mayor Ron Corbett.

"The community is going to be better off with this improved road program that we've put in place thanks to the voters, he said.
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