Mayor: City needs more money for monster pothole fix

Mayor: City needs more money for monster pothole fix

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After the city completed emergency repairs on Canal Street quicker than expected, following a major road collapse, residents across the city are wondering why the quick fix can't happen on their streets.

"It looks like a B-52 bomber dropped a bomb in the middle of the neighborhood," Keith Pfefferle, who lives in Lakeview, said.

Pfefferle's home is right next to a major hole in the street, surrounded by barricades and yellow paint. The road collapse has grown over the past few years into a monster chasm, according to neighbors.

"Now it's so bad, just the other day I was looking for my little boy Hank, I said let me go check this freaking pothole, make sure he didn't fall in this pothole, but anyway, yeah, you could lose a kid in there, you know!" Pfefferle exclaimed.

Across the street, Candace Castillo thinks the lack of work on the dangerous hole shows the city isn't taking their problem seriously.

"I think someone is not doing their job in the city, I think it's a danger and it's going to get worse," Castillo said.

During a press conference to reopen Canal Street following the seven-week repair, Mayor Mitch Landrieu championed the speedy work.

"Mission Accomplished," Landrieu said at the site of the collapse.

We asked Mayor Landrieu why it still takes so long to fix dangerous holes on sub-streets across the city.

"So, let me say it to you again. I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. It's gonna cost 9-billion dollars to fix the streets that have been deteriorating well before Katrina," Landrieu said to reporters. "When there's not enough resources and you don't have enough people, it means it's gonna take a lot longer and it's gonna be a frustrating circumstance for a long time. So we can continue to argue about the problem and fight the problem or we can spend time figuring out ways to put the resources in place to fix it, which is what the 2-billion dollar FEMA reimbursement is about."

"I think I'm a pretty reasonable guy, but um, I don't know," Pfefferle said. "My patience wore out a long time ago. I'll put it like this, my expectations for the Mayor getting certain things done is not very high."

Mayor Landrieu says his administration is fixing roads faster than any of his predecessors with 247 road projects since he took office, totaling $342 million in investments. He said his administration has constructed more than 115 miles of new roads and filled more than 264,000 potholes.

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