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Pothole frustration? The end of the road is in sight

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The city of San Diego will go to the bond market to fund street-resurfacing projects and repairs to libraries, fire stations and storm drains, the City Council decided Monday.

The council set a ceiling on the bond issue of $80 million, around $75 million of which is expected to be spent.

Nearly $30.6 million would be used to repave 60 miles of roadways, with the rest going to a variety of projects. The list includes repairs to fire stations in City Heights and Hillcrest; libraries in San Ysidro and the Skyline neighborhood; buildings in Balboa Park; the sea wall at Mission Beach; the City Administration Building; and storm drains and street lights throughout the city.

Money will also be spent on making municipal facilities more compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

"It's progress for streets, it's progress for buildings, it's progress for communities," Councilman David Alvarez said.

Councilman Carl DeMaio said the city's own estimate was that $160 million was needed annually just to maintain the condition of roads and buildings.

"It's not enough," DeMaio said of the bond issue.

Councilman Kevin Faulconer agreed that more needed to be done, but this was a starting point.

According to report by city staff, annual debt service on the bond will be around $3 million, to a total of $145 million.

Council members recently granted the mayor authority to streamline contracting procedures for capital projects, hoping to shorten the time it takes to get work started.

The city has a backlog of about $800 million in capital projects.

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