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Bond, property taxes to smooth Durham roads

Posted November 3, 2010

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— Durham voters approved a $20 million bond – and a three-quarters of a cent property tax increase to pay for it – to repave hundreds of miles of roads.

David Glick said that voting for a tax increase was a difficult decision, but he'll be glad to see smoother streets around the home he rents on Mallard Avenue.

"It is kind of wavy and bumpy," Glick said. "That's kind of a good thing, to slow people down."

Durham planners said they knew a tax hike during these down economic times would be a hard sale, but they said re-paving is sorely needed.

"It's very exciting," Ed Venable, manager of Durham's Engineering and Stormwater department. "The method is we take care of the worst first."

(See when streets in Durham will be re-paved.)

Durham streets have all been ranked according to their condition, and about 150 miles of roads that fall into the poor or very poor category will be fixed first.

Bond, property taxes will smooth Durham roads Bond, property taxes will smooth Durham roads

"We want the contractor to not hop-scotch around. We want the contractor to be able to move methodically from one street to the next," Venable said.

If all goes as planned, repaving work will begin in April.

Glick said he looks forward to it.

"Nice streets are nice to drive on," he said.

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  • grab-a-gift.com Nov 4, 2010

    about time !!man dirt roads would be better.i can believe they even had to put this to a vote

  • Justin T. Nov 4, 2010

    This is a good thing... now after you get shot in Durham at least the ambulance ride will be smooth.

  • jamesrdickson4 Nov 3, 2010

    I've been told for years that my street in Durham would eventually be paved (Azalea Dr) but same old song & dance, not in the budget etc etc. So here we go again. Liar Liar pants on Fire.

  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 3, 2010

    Just like charging routine home maintenance on a credit card which leads to bankruptcy. Similar road maintenance bonds were passed in 2005 and 2007. They need to learn to pay as they go.