If you're in a hurry to get somewhere, you're in the wrong city.
It seems that just about every other street in Los Angeles is being repaved or repaired.
"For awhile there, you wanted to tear your hair out on certain days. I'm serious," said Jack Kyser, who works downtown as the chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
Never have Los Angeles officials paved as many roads as they have this year, and never have motorists been as frustrated. By the end of this year, the city plans to have repaved 250 miles of road, compared with 162 miles last year.
Part of the downtown repairs have been funded by $2.5 million in Proposition C money, the half-cent sales tax passed by voters in 1990 to provide transit improvements. Other funds have come from gas tax funds provided by the state as well as from the city's general fund and the federal government.
In L.A., there are sections of road that haven't been repaired for nearly a decade. One reason is that until now, there wasn't enough money in the city budget to lay down new asphalt. Another is that many street repairs were postponed in areas where the Red Line was being built. "There was a several-year span where we couldn't work on the central city part of town at all," said Gregory L. Scott, director of the city's Bureau of Street Services.
In addition, city officials are spiffing up the downtown area in preparation for the upcoming Democratic National Convention in August.
While it may seem that all the roads in L.A. are being repaved, consider this: There are 6,500 miles of roads in the city, and about 4,000 miles of them still need a new coat of asphalt.
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