Greenville leaders at odds over how much to spend for road repairs

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As Greenville leaders continue to hammer out their two year budget, one of the hot topics is how much to spend to repair roads.

Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said the city should be setting aside at least $2.5 million to keep up with the tremendous growth in the area. However, as proposed in the new budget, the council would only allot $1.1 million for road repairs.

“This is when the direction of this city will be set financially, whether your roads will be paved correctly, whether we’ll be able to recruit jobs here,” Thomas said, adding that roads should be resurfaced every 20 to 25 years, but in Greenville, they’re resurfaced every 75 to 80 years.

Thomas took to Facebook on Friday to urge residents to contact their local council member and ask them to fully fund road repairs.

Drivers in Greenville said they have noticed an increase in bumpy roads and potholes.

“Potholes are really bad. I mean just a lot of traffic, especially down there by Copper Beech,” said Alexis Lupton.

On many roads in the city, public works have repaired potholes and cracks with patching, which is a temporary fix that some drivers don’t think lasts long enough.

“It seems like the more and more water that gets in there, and it does get low temperatures, it freezes and just breaks the street apart,” said Chris Santos.

Car repair shops said in recent months, the number of people bringing in cars with damage from potholes has doubled. Colby Pugh, with Pugh’s Tire, said the cost to repair the damage can quickly climb.

“To repair a rim it’s normally $150 per rim, and then for a flat repair normally, you’re looking $25, a roundabout, to fix per tire,” Pugh said, adding that he believes city leaders aren’t doing enough to protect drivers. “I don’t think the roads are being looked at as well as they should. Potholes are not being addressed, and its just getting worse and worse.”

The Greenville City Council is set to meet again on Monday.

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