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City to step up on pothole problem

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

If you've driven around the city, you know all about the pothole problems.

Tucson is starting a $100 million project to fix many streets, but some say the help isn't coming fast enough.

One Tucson woman is fed up and said she feels like her neighborhood is being forgotten by the city. She wants her street taken care of, but even the city says residential streets are lower priority.

Margot Borquez has been living in a corner house near Ajo Way and Kino Parkway for years, but it wasn't until the middle of last year that she started taking issue with her street.

"They're crumbling [and] they're cracking," she said. "I have pot holes and I have been trying since last June to get it fixed and nothing's getting done."

She's most upset about one pothole she drives over with her car every time she pulls out the driveway.

"There's two big potholes and they're starting to meet and I've explained that. We're at the beginning of our street, every car has to pass through here."

We showed the Tucson Transportation director a photo of the pothole problem. He said this isn't just a problem that's effecting Borquez; it's city-wide.

"Most of our pavement, probably almost 70 percent of residential pavement, falls in the poor to very poor to failed condition," Tucson Transportation Director Daryl Cole said.

He said they're in the process of using a $100 million bond to fix city roads, $85 million for high traffic streets and $15 million set aside for residential areas. The improvement project will go over the next five years, but Margot's street doesn't fall in one of the target areas.

"Nope, when I saw the dots on the map of the locations and we weren't on it, I was very upset."

But Cole said he understands her frustration and the city will step up.

"This one is painful, you showed it to me, it's not a very pretty sight. Obviously it needs to get fixed and we're going to give some attention to it."

Borquez said she was given a call today that someone will be out tomorrow to look at it.

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