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This is Akron: City Faces Challenges Catching Up on Road Repairs

Mar 18, 2019
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JAMILYA MAXWELL

Jamilya Maxwell stuck her hand into the dirty water of a giant pothole in Highland Square a couple of weeks ago.

 

It was wrist deep.

 

Then she kneeled and spread her arms. But the pothole — in the shape of a giant, flopping goldfish — was wider.

 

Her boyfriend, Cameron Blakey, took pictures and submitted a claim to the city for $163, the cost of a new tire on his 2011 Mercedes-Benz.

 

“I love Akron," Maxwell said. "... We’re actually looking to move to Highland Square because it’s the only artsy-fartsy area around here."

CITY OF AKRON

Akron officials say revenue from the city’s Issue 4 income tax will help pay for new asphalt on about 54 miles of city roadways this year.

The income tax increase, approved by voters in 2017, raises about $16 million per year for the city to divide equally between the police department, the fire department and road resurfacing and repair.

Akron plans to spend a total of $7 million in its 2019 resurfacing program, which includes $4.15 million from Issue 4. That money enables the city to resurface 37 more miles of roadway than would have been possible.

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