Shreveport man wants city to fix cracked road

By Tracy Clemons

SHREVEPORT, La (KSLA)- A Shreveport man claims the city has neglected repairs to the street in front of his home, which he says has gotten progressively worse over the last three years. Lamar Hancock lives in the 1800 block of Audrey Lane. The street is cracked, and it's raised several inches in some areas of the stretch.

"In September, it'll be another year since I started on this," Hancock says.

He wants the city to fix it. Last year he took it to his state representative, Patrick Williams. Williams wrote the city on Hancock's behalf. The city responded with a letter saying there was no money in the budget for the $30,000 repair. A year later, nothing has changed.

"As of right now, we do not have the funding to go out and do that repair," says Shreveport's Director of Operational Services, Mike Strong.

Audrey Lane is in District A. Strong says the budgeted amount for concrete repairs like this in the district was just slightly more than $48,000.

"I have 400-thousand dollars to put on concrete this year, and I have 83-million dollars in needs. It doesn't go very far."

Lamar Hancock says that the stretch of road in front of his home is a danger to drivers and pedestrians alike, thanks to big pieces of concrete that come off of it.

"Cars and buses are going on it, and they're throwing rocks everywhere. I'm afraid that somebody is going to get hurt in this street.

He says he doesn't think he's asking too much.

"I would like them to do something. Asphalt or something on it to keep it...that's dangerous."

"We're going to look at that to see if there's any temporary repair work that can be done," Mike Strong says.

But for now, any permanent repairs will still have to wait.

Strong adds that the $165 million bond deal the city is working on could throw some money to repairs like this one if it goes through.

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