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Streets in one area city were bad before the February freeze, and now they’re worse

Complete fix could cost $100 million, official says
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 7:11 PM CDT
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MARLIN, Texas (KWTX) - The February freeze took a toll on streets and highways throughout Central Texas, but in Marlin, already plagued by major road issues, the historic storm just made a bad situation worse.

Potholes as deep as six inches pockmark Marlin streets, and while some residents have become expert at dodging them, they’re impossible to avoid altogether.

“I have some scrapes bumps and bruises to my bumper, I’ve had a couple of tires replaced, I had to get my alignment redone.,” said Marlin resident Tihara Washington.

Her mother has some medical hardware in her back and because of the potholes, Washington says, she’s reluctant to ride in a car.

“The impact on her back it’s so painful for her.”

Marlin City Manager Cedric Davis, Sr. said fixing all the roads in Marlin would cost the city between $80 million and $100 million.

He estimates 90% of the streets in Marlin need to be torn up and rebuilt, but, he says, the city doesn’t have the money to pay for that.

The Marlin City Council was presented with a proposed $2.4 million bond issue earlier this year, but it died for a lack of a second, Mayor Carolyn Lofton said.

Four new members were elected to the council in May and she said the proposal will be presented to the council again within the next two months.

“The streets haven’t had a major repair since 1984 so that’s a long time of neglect and patchwork,” Lofton said.

She says the city is also looking to federal funding.

Marlin expects to receive $1.2 million from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

Lofton said when the city receives the federal money, funds will be diverted from other departments to help pay for road repairs.

Repairs are underway in bigger Central Texas cities, too.

In Killeen crews are actively working on a $5.8 million road repair project.

Trimmier Road, Gateway Drive, Levy Lane and WS Young Drive will be the first roads fixed.

The city expects repairs will take about three months.

In Temple, crews found more than one linear mile of roadway with damage throughout the city following the winter storm.

The city says crews are already at work on repairs.

In Waco, crews are taking care of potholes are part of routine maintenance.

Dallas Street, Daughtry Avenue and Bosque Boulevard sustained the most damage from the freeze, the city said.

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