48°F
Sponsored by

Report: 1/3 of Fort Wayne Area Roads in Poor Condition

One-third of roads in the Fort Wayne region are in poor condition. That's according to a report released this week by the Transportation Research Group. The report also reveals that the road conditions are costing drivers hundreds of dollars each year in repairs.
One-third of roads in the Fort Wayne region are in poor condition. That's according to a report released this week by the Transportation Research Group. The report also reveals that the road conditions are costing drivers hundreds of dollars each year in repairs. 

The annual report ranks Fort Wayne area roads the 18th worst among 62 mid-sized cities. The report also estimates that the average driver in the Fort Wayne are pays an extra $530 every year to maintain their vehicle because of poor road conditions. 

"I believe this report is looking at the whole urban or metropolitan area by the numbers they're coming up with, because that certainly wouldn't be accurate with just the city limits," says Frank Suarez with Fort Wayne Public Works. 

The report reviewed city streets, county roads, and state highways or interstates. The city of Fort Wayne reports that 75 out of 1,100 miles of roadway are in poor condition. 

The mayor's administration  presented a capital improvement plan to city council earlier this month. The city's plan calls for a $30 million upfront bond to pay for backlogged road repairs then switches to a pay-as you go spending model. It's a plan two city councilmen strongly oppose..

"We have to stop the cycle of tax and spend and borrow and bond," says Fort Wayne City Councilman Mitch Harper (R-4th).

This month the Fort Wayne City Council will vote on an alternative plan that will use $3.5 million of county economic development income tax or cedit money to pay for road repairs.

"Councilman Russ Jehl and I have mad an alternate proposal that puts more money into streets in 2014 and then doesn't issue a bond and has us continuing to make more progress on streets until 2018. We think that's more prudent," says Councilman Harper.

Fort Wayne has more than $60 million worth of road projects that need to be completed. Back in June the city council voted to raise the local income tax by .35%. That increase took effect on October 1st. With the extra revenue, city officials plan to spend an extra $8 million on road work next year. 

Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus
Got a news tip to share with us? Call us at (260) 408-WFFT or e-mail the newsroom at news@wfft.com.