Date: Sep 3, 2015 3:36 PM
Subject: Response to PIRT 5004
Dear Mr. King,
Thank you for your public records request (PIRT # 5004), regarding the state of Greensboro City streets compared to Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Compared to Charlotte and Raleigh
The present condition of Greensboro’s streets is the result of two factors.
First, the amount of funding dedicated for street resurfacing has steadily declined over the past two decades.
Second, the raw material costs for asphalt over that same time period have more than doubled, meaning that less work is accomplished per dollar spent.
So instead of increased funding
in the face of rising costs,
the City prioritized discretionary spending
instead of taking care of our streets
which are in terrible shape.
As for moving forward, the City has implemented several measures in the last few years to increase pavement preservation, thus keeping more streets in better condition.
Where is the comparison to Charlotte and Raleigh?
But the long term goal of improving our overall street network can only be accomplished with increased funding for resurfacing.
I hope this information is helpful to you.
Katherine Carter, Public Records Administrator
Communications and Marketing Department - 336-373-3282
City of Greensboro
If you ever wanted to live in a city
where executives who support the status quo
are allowed to not answer simple important questions
What do you think the answers are,
if the City comes out with some bullsiht evasiveness like this?