Carl Dawson, Raleigh’s public works director, says Tuesday’s Road Worrier column about potholes may have given local residents the wrong idea about city efforts to keep streets smooth and in good repair.
The column quoted Dawson as saying that maintenance has been deferred on some major streets, leaving them vulnerable to winter rain that seeps into cracks, freezes and “pops out the pavement.”
He said by e-mail today that he was speaking there about major streets such as Wade and Glenwood avenues, both with heavy pothole problems this winter, that are maintained by the state Department of Transportation -- not by the city.
The column did not mention that Raleigh is withholding $4 million of its $9 million street resurfacing budget this year, putting it in reserve to help balance the city budget if necessary.
“And that .. may result in fewer streets being resurfaced this year,” Dawson said.
He said he wanted to emphasize that the city is working as hard as it can to keep streets smooth. Raleigh has not deferred routine maintenance work -- although, because of short funds, it has had to delay repaving for some streets.
“While the city has experienced lengthy resurfacing cycles on our system streets, we have not been deferring normal maintenance (pothole patching, etc.) on our major streets,” Dawson said. “We still have a goal of patching potholes within 24 hours of them being reported and we appear to be meeting that goal.”