Paving for Progress is working, but the backlog is so great many haven’t seen much progress yet. As the program moves into its fourth and fifth years we should all see more progress in repairing or rebuilding streets throughout Cedar Rapids.
I hope the City can do even more to communicate that progress and the timing for future improvements so everyone understands how much is being completed. We must also remind Cedar Rapidians that our backlog of repairs is not unusual for Iowa cities, as it is faced by almost every urban area in Iowa due to aging infrastructures and inadequate funding from the state and federal government.
Paving for Progress is allowing us to do more work on our streets. It is a fair method to have a significant portion of the funds for the work come from people who do not live and pay taxes in Cedar Rapids, but who use our streets and other public facilities.