Mayor Faulconer to lay out plan to fix potholes

He vows streets won't be neglected anymore

SAN DIEGO - Before he was elected, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer promised to do something about the city's infrastructure. On Tuesday, he will step before work crews to explain how.

"We are going to dedicate resources and personnel to go out there and pave streets and fix potholes," Faulconer said.  

How many additional street repair crews he hopes to add will be revealed Tuesday afternoon at Date and 30th streets. He also plans to change the way repairs have been done in the past.  

"The pothole folks would repair one in say, Clairemont then drive to one that was reported in Tierrasanta. They'd drive pothole to pothole in different areas. That's not just efficient," said Faulconer.

What the mayor wants to do is rotate repairs council district by council district and fix what they can while they are there.

"What you won't see any more is having the city come and redo a street then a year later, the water department come in and rip it up for another project," he said.

Faulconer is demanding better communication and planning by all departments to keep the inconvenience to a minimum but yet make the necessary repairs.  

"We will not continue to neglect this," he said.

The City Council will still have to approve funding as budget negotiations get underway next week.

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