Deteriorating Roads in Elk Grove - Lujan Drive & Las Torres Drive

February 22, 2016 | As part of our on-going video series Deteriorating Roads in Elk Grove , based on a reader's tip, we visited on...

February 22, 2016 |

As part of our on-going video series Deteriorating Roads in Elk Grove, based on a reader's tip, we visited one of Elk Grove's older neighborhoods.

While much of Lujan Drive on the city's older east side is crumbling, our reader advised to closely inspect the intersection at Los Torres Drive. The video posted here is that intersection.

As you can see from the video, the asphalt at this intersection is failing presenting classic symptoms of alligator cracking. The video also highlights that vehicles driving through the intersection are doing at a fast enough speed to further deteriorate the street. 

As told in 2013 public testimony (watch video here) by Richard Shepard, Elk Grove's former Public Works Director, the City Council needs to budget at least $8 million a year just to maintain, not even improve, city roads and streets.

The five men on the Elk Grove City Council have continued to neglect road and street maintenance through 2016. However, they have a couple of possible solutions.

The first one is to rely on the kindness of Sacramento County voters. Going back to Shepard's testimony, the City Council said they are hoping that the Sacramento Transportation Authority will place on, and get voter approval for a 1/2 cent countywide sales tax increase this coming November.

To date, the STA has yet to decide whether or not it will pursue the increase, which requires a two-thirds super majority.

If that fails, Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis has floated the idea of asking city residents to approve a one-half sales tax increase. 

So you have to ask, are you satisfied with the manner in which the three incumbents, Davis and Councilmen Steve Detrick and Darren Suen are managing city finances?   

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