SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Drivers can expect a much smoother ride on some of San Jose’s bumpiest roads now that the city council has given the thumbs-up to a limited amount of funding for priority road repair.

There are 400 miles of surface streets in San Jose that are used so often, and have become so worn down that the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to prioritize them for road repair. A good example is the pothole-plagued Alameda. Commuter Michelle Soley said that the popular four-lane thoroughfare could definitely use some repair.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

”I think it’s a good idea, not only to protect the cars, but I’m thinking about pedestrians, and if people are trying to avoid a pothole they might not see a pedestrian,” said Soley.

Roadwork should get started some time after July 1st. The city still has a huge backlog of street maintenance to the tune of $293 million. Mayor Chuck Reed noted Tuesday that an increasing amount of the city’s road repair budget has been gobbled up by retirement costs.

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