Residents fume after online map categorizes their crumbling streets as repaired

Residents fume after online map categorizes their crumbling streets as repaired

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - To fix New Orleans' broken and collapsing streets, it is going to take more than just pocket change.

"We have a $150 million worth of work in progress right now, and because of what happened in the election a couple of weeks ago, where the voters reauthorized a millage, we are going to be able to do another $100 million worth of work," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "On top of that, the Sewerage and Water Board settlement with FEMA, $2 billion is going to be another huge shot in the arm."

To help residents track the progress, the city created the website in March 2015. It updates monthly when roadwork is completed, in construction or still in the planning phase. The website also highlights where the money is coming from to pay for the repairs.

"You see the dirt coming out of it. That's got to be a big-big problem here," Central City resident Carl Williams said.

Williams is not worried about money as much as he is worried about time. The road right outside his house on S. Miro is gushing up water, shooting sediment above ground and creating a recipe for disaster.

"We are worried about it's going to sink in there and somebody's going to fall in there," Williams said.

Williams and his neighbors said they alerted the Sewerage and Water Board about the problem last week, and workers left barrels. He said a leak formed in the same spot last year and the road was paved over. The interactive map shows the work in front of his house as completed.

"Look at it. It's a big problem," Lakeview resident Darryl Champagne said.

Champagne has lived in his home on Ringold Street prior to Hurricane Katrina, and for four months, he looked at half-finished work in front of his home. He said construction crews ripped up the street in January and left. The city's interactive map shows the section of Champagne's street as completed.

The longtime resident said the incomplete work is the only job that has occurred on his street after the storm.

"I don't know where they're getting the information from, but it's definitely wrong because there it is," Champagne said. "How long is it going to be? Another week or two weeks? Another three or four months?"

The city says it has reconstructed or repaired more than 100 miles of road since Katrina.

A spokesperson with the mayor's office said the website may not reflect emergency maintenance work performed by the Department of Public Works or the Sewerage and Water Board because it is updated monthly.

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