Road conditions in Cedar Rapids are deplorable. I’m sure this comes as no surprise to the street department, but my frustration is born in having been a resident for 79 years. I have witnessed the gradual deterioration of our streets for many years and they are getting worse every year. Some of our roads are so bad that I avoid them. I truly believe it is due to misdirected priorities such as walking trails, bike trails and lanes, baseball and ice skating stadiums, hotel acquisition, etc.
Even with the “Paving for Progress” program in place, there is no way all of our roads can be repaired in my lifetime. Years of neglect cannot be remedied in a short time.
As a part time resident of Arizona, I can tell you that the roads there are incredibly superior to the ones in Cedar Rapids. The difference that I see between the two areas is that roads are maintained in Arizona. They don’t throw out shovels full of patching asphalt and let the cars pack it down, only to have the rain wash it out again and again.
Who is to blame for the condition of our roads? I’m sure that there is no one individual or even a group of people. Rather, it reflects on a flawed process of government.
So is there any hope for Cedar Rapids roads? Not in my lifetime.