KOLD INVESTIGATES: Paying for potholes - Tucson News Now

KOLD INVESTIGATES: Paying for potholes

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The number one complaint for many people who live in Tucson and Pima County is our roads.

The potholes and cracks are a constant danger and eyesore.

Tucson News Now got the numbers on one road in particular as an example of the issues the county faces.

Pima Farms Road is only a mile and a half long in one section on the northwest side. It used to be a neighborhood road, but now because of Project Ina, so many more cars use it as a way to get to I-10.

Danielle Romero lives in the area and drives the road several times a day.

"You bob and weave around them," she said of the potholes. "When there's a cop behind you, you get real nervous and you say - no - I'm not drunk. It's just the potholes in the road."

She said it has gotten even worse in recent months.

"It's a mess, it's pretty bad," Romero said. "With all the traffic and the road. When they do the patchwork, it's not going to last very long with all the cars on there."

Finding the money to fix the roads is one of the major issues in every corner of the county.

Tucson News Now dug into the numbers of exactly how much it costs to fix problem roads.

The county said it costs $20 every time they fix a pothole. They've had to do 244 of these fixes on this road in the last five years for a total cost of about $5,000.

On the other hand, it would cost $175,000 to repave the road.

Given that difference - it's no surprise why drivers see pothole after pothole filled and only a few streets actually repaved.

Romero thinks the money would be money well spent.

"As much traffic is on it now, I think it'd be worth it," she said of repaving the road. "Taxpayers probably wouldn't complain about it, they'd be happy. Instead of bobbing and weaving through the makeshift pothole fixing that they do."

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