AURORA, Colorado (KDVR) – Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman said the city has been postponing much-needed road repairs for years. Now he wants to fix it through a multimillion dollar plan.
Coffman said the city of Aurora will face a difficult road if it doesn’t do something about its infrastructure now.
“If nothing is done, we want to do something called reconstruction in five to ten years. It’s very expensive, very destructive. That’s literally when you need to dig the road, ”said Coffman.
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To avoid this, he puts forward a new plan that would prevent the city from implementing new programs and put the focus back on infrastructure.
“When we get out of the pandemic and our revenue comes back, then revenue from it that is needed to maintain the existing programs, you will find cuts and savings in the budget to support those programs. Everything else beyond that goes towards maintaining the road deficits, ”said Coffman.
He said the deficit is currently around $ 43 million, with around $ 20 million earmarked for roads. The city council would have to vote on the mayor’s proposal. While the mayor believes he will have enough support to make this happen, not everyone is on board.
In a statement, Alison Coombs said:
“I am determined to devote additional funds each year to solving our road maintenance problems. However, the mayor’s proposal would mean abandoning our other responsibilities and making ourselves a less resilient city. “
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The city’s public works department is hiring and preparing for a potentially busy summer.
“At the moment, the point is that we do what we can with what we have. Yes, funding is needed to bring the streets to a higher standard for our citizens, ”said Mike Morgan, Superintendent of Streets.
While there are a few smaller projects in the works at the moment, public works suggest that major repair contracts won’t begin until May 3rd.
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