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More Street Repairs on the Way for Wapato

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WAPATO, Wash.-- Wapato Public Works is getting ready to start a new street repair project. And it comes just months after almost a dozen city blocks were reworked and repaved.

Deteriorating streets with cracks and potholes make driving around Wapato pretty rough on you and your car. And it's a problem that's not easily fixed.

Wapato's director of public works says it would take $8-$9-million to fix all of the roads in town. Money, the city just doesn't have.

Thanks to $350,000 worth of state grants though, workers were able to fix about nine city blocks last year.

And now, another $300,000 in grant money is going to go towards repairing another eight or nine blocks of Ahtanum Street.

"You'll be able to drive down there without hitting some chuck holes. So, it should be a really nice project for the city," Public Works Director, Gary Potter said.

Last year, the city council also approved a $20 car tab fee that will go towards street repairs.

Potter says they should start seeing that money in a couple of months, but it's only estimated to bring in about $92,000 a year enough to only cover work on a little over two city blocks.