SLC Council Makes Pothole Problems Top Priority

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – We’re just one month from a new budget proposal from new Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski.  The Salt Lake City Council announces a push for more money for street repairs, like potholes.
You can see Nick Whited weaving around large potholes.
“They’re pretty brutal once the snow melts, especially here,” said Nick Whited who works in Salt Lake City.
Three potholes just outside his workplace.
“You could hit the front fender of your car.  Pop your tire if they’re deep enough,” said Whited.
It’s a definite nuisance and street maintenance concern that comes with a price tag.  Last year, Salt Lake City Streets Division
“When it comes spring time, you see new cracks, you see what has to be patched or torn out and it’s just keeping on top of that,” said Salt lake City Council Chair James Rogers.
Salt lake City Council Chair James Rogers puts street repair like potholes as a top priority; only second to public safety.  With new administration in the mayor’s office, he’s looking for cooperation.
“One of her big campaign speeches was on infrastructure in Salt Lake City which is great. So hopefully, we’ll be able to work hand in hand and make sure the infrastructure in Salt Lake City is well maintained and roads are done that need to be done and the money is put where it needs to be put,” said Rogers.
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski will deliver her budget proposal in May, but her office says it’s too soon to know how much will be spent on streets or infrastructure.  So for now, crews continue to work with this year’s budget.
You can always alert Salt Lake City Streets Division about what’s going on in your neighborhood by using the app, SLC Mobile.
“You go to create a request and you can go ahead with a video or photo you already have,” said Rogers.
You’ll get updates about your complaint.
“I believe they’ve patched up a few areas,” said Whited.
UDOT says they spent  more than $908,000 street repairs last year.

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