EDITORIAL: Streets need the city’s attention
The dilapidated streets in South Lake Tahoe are a dangerous eyesore.
They’re dangerous to pedestrians precariously trying to walk from one location to another without sidewalks.
They’re dangerous to lake clarity, which has suffered yearly from small particulate matter traveling from unguttered and uncurbed roads.
They’re dangerous to drivers who drive over large cracks, pot holes and accumulated puddles.
They’re dangerous to our tourism-based economy, which relies on visitors having a good impression of our community and wanting to come back for a vacation or even to buy a second home.
So it’s important that the city makes fixing the roads a top issue in upcoming years.
The cost of complete streets – more than $300 million – is daunting for a city that faces a $12 million budget gap over the next five years.
But simply pushing the problem to the next year makes the problem worse.
At the very least, the city needs to commit to regularly and reliably funding maintenance of the roads that we have.
There’s no easy answer to how to fix the roads, but avoiding the problem leaves all of us at a dead end.