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Residents frustrated with road conditions

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Barnes Reynolds has had his fill of potholes. The Saginaw resident lives near 19th and Lapeer. He said his street has seen better days.

Reynolds said he used to roller skate and skateboard down the street and now that's impossible for a kid to do.

Reynolds isn't alone. City administrators said nearly 80 percent of the roads are in poor shape.

Reynolds said the craters are the worst he's seen. He wonders why something isn't being done to fix them.

"They got us paying all these tax dollars, but we don't see them utilize it in our neighborhoods," Reynolds said.

The city's public service director Phil Karwat said he's frustrated with the road conditions.

"Problem is the city of Saginaw doesn't receive enough revenue or funding to make the repairs to the roads that are needed," Karwat said.

At $1 million a mile, Karwat said it would take about $300 million to fix the 280 miles of city roads. He said the city is doing the best it can to maintain the streets, but they don't have that kind of money.

"We might have to start looking at just closing them. You know and if there's one or two houses there somehow try to keep access to the homeowners. Until the state or federal government makes a decision to put more money into the road system they're just going to continue to deteriorate," Karwat said.

The city has about $1 million for road repairs. Meanwhile, Reynolds is hoping his neighborhood can make its voice heard in an effort to save the crumbling street.

"Maybe have to get us a petition signed or something, going around the neighborhood and talk to our local politicians and things like that and see what we can come up with," Reynolds said.

City officials said plans are in the works to repair the area at 19th and Lapeer streets.

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