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Los Angeles City Council seeks answers to city's failing streets

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The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to study a $3 billion bond proposal that could ultimately repair thousands of miles of failed streets in the city. 

A quarter of Los Angeles' streets are considered "failed." A failed street requires entire reconstruction — and that costs $2.5 million a mile. In contrast, the city can maintain a street already in good shape for just $25,000. 

Los Angeles city councilmen Joe Buscaino and Mitch Englander are supporting a bond proposal that could provide enough funding to repair the 8,700 lane miles of damaged roads. 

"Poor pavement conditions affect every Angeleno, every day, whether by increased traffic, slower public safety response or decreased property values," Englander said. "It is vital that we invest in our infrastructure to improve our quality of life and our city."

It will be another year until the City Council decides whether to place the bond measure on the November 2014 ballot. In the meantime, the city administrative officer and chief legislative analyst will examine the city's funding options and the implications of a bond. 

An earlier version of the proposal stalled when neighborhood council members complained they had not been given enough time for public input.

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