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Mayor Henry Announces Roads Will Get Improvements

Potholes, cracked pavement, no shoulders...the roads around Fort Wayne need a makeover and Mayor Tom Henry announced that many of the roads in bad shape will get just that.
It's three times the amount that usually goes toward road repairs in Fort Wayne.
Potholes, cracked pavement, no shoulders...the roads around Fort Wayne need a makeover and Mayor Tom Henry announced that many of the roads in bad shape will get just that to the tune of nearly 14 million dollars.

Mayor Henry says the money has been set aside to improve the roadways in Fort Wayne.  It's three times the amount that usually goes toward road repairs in Fort Wayne.

"Most of our streets, roads, and sidewalk funding has come from gasoline tax, so we get fewer and fewer dollars from our gas tax, so we've asked the citizens to put some of our income tax money that we get aside for this."

"Historically, we've only been able to dedicate about 4 million dollars a year in our streets and in our roads and curves and sidewalks."

Recently, the City Council passed a plan for the 13.6 million dollars to go toward toad construction projects.  Homeowner Alex Wilson says he's looking forward to the city repairing the cracks in the street in front of his home.

"Every winter we get our streets breaking and water turns brown and it's just a nightmare."

Wilson says the roads can be frustrating at times.

"When I recognize that there is a disaster, almost always about a year later the City of Fort Wayne does get around to fixing it."

Tax payer's dollars will go toward the repairs.

"I pay taxes, and I am proud to pay taxes, and some of the money that I pay should go to road construction."

Concrete reconstruction is planned for the Blackhawk Community, Blackhawk Forest, and Blackhawk Farm neighborhoods near East State Boulevard.  The tentative dates are still being set in motion for 2014.
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