Saint John is preparing to hike its paving budget by $1.5 million so it can resurface 36 streets or parts of streets this summer but that will only fix up a fraction of the city's roads that have fallen into disrepair.
The city has assembled a growing list of streets that need immediate attention and what roads may be too far gone.
Along with the 36 streets and sections that will be resurfaced this summer, there are roughly 200 streets that are in such desperate condition that they need to be completely rebuilt.
It was estimated last summer the city needs about $39 million to catch up on its road repairs.
Coun. Bill Farren said the condition of roads can be blamed on political decisions made by previous city councils.
"The last couple of councils each of them have done a lot more, and I mean a lot more, than councils have done in the ‘90s and the ‘80s," Farren said.
"It's those timeframes that put streets in the shape that they're in now."
Two major city streets — Bayside Drive and Somerset Street — will be fully reconstructioned this summer.
Farren said he believes Hillcrest Drive is a candidate for worst road on the city’s west side.
"The city is in very neglected shape," he said.
"Over the years councils haven't paid attention to the infrastructure."
But there are other contenders for the title of the city’s worst street, according to Saint John residents.
Crystal Powell has watched her street, Red Head Road, fall into worse condition since she moved there five years ago...
"Those potholes are getting pretty deep, like they're not just little holes here and there and cracking on the sides of the road. They're deep," she said.
Powell said she's afraid to walk her child on the road because cars often lurch onto the shoulder trying to avoid potholes.
However, the two roads highlighted by Farren and Powell are not slated for being fixed this year.
Hillcrest and Red Head Road are on the list of 200 streets that are in need of complete reconstruction.
Saint John council has been facing a series of budget decisions to improve the city’s infrastructure.
The city cancelled a three-kilometre sidewalk project along busy Loch Lomond Road last week because of the project's $3-million price tag.
|Streets to be resurfaced||Lane kms||From||To|
|Anderson Drive||1.30||Fenton Drive||Manchester Avenue|
|Bayside Drive||4.31||Loch Lomond Road||Courtenay Bay Causeway|
|Bon Accord Drive||1.86||Loch Lomond Road||Inverness Place|
|Broad Street||1.98||Lower Cove Loop||Crown Street|
|Catherwood Street||1.18||Manawagonish Road||Fairville Boulevard|
|Centennial Drive||0.74||Manawagonish Road||End|
|Central Avenue||1.99||Quinton Avenue||Fenton Drive|
|Charlotte Street||1.89||King Square South||Broad Street|
|City Line||1.47||Saint John Street||Lowell Street|
|Cliff Street||0.59||Waterloo Street||Coburg Street|
|Davenport Avenue||0.92||McKenna Crescent||Gilbert Street|
|Digby Ferry Road||1.12||Lancaster Street||End|
|Duke Street West||1.93||Lancaster Avenue||Watson Street|
|Dunn Avenue||1.76||Lancaster Avenue||Driscoll Drive|
|Grandview Avenue||1.86||Boylan Road||Civic #873|
|Horsier Drive||1.22||Centennial Drive||Hillcrest Drive|
|0.82||Simms Comer Seam||Bowlerama|
|Lower Cove Loop||0.57||Broad Street||Prince William Street|
|McDonald Street||2.59||Loch Lomond Road||Mount Pleasant Avenue|
|Main Street||2.55||Bridge Street||Chesley Drive|
|McNamara Drive||1.14||Dianne Street||Dead End|
|Millidge Avenue||4.19||University Avenue||Tartan Street|
|Northumberland Avenue||1.09||Westmorland Road||McLaughlin Crescent|
|Parkhill Drive||1.18||Golden Grove Road||Gerard Street|
|Prince Street||2.16||Riverview Drive||Ludlow Street|
|Quinton Avenue||0.92||Hillcrest Drive||Manawagonish Road|
|Richmond Street||0.35||Waterloo Street||Prince William Street|
|Rothesay Avenue||1.51||Seam at Superstore||Russell Street|
|Rothesay Avenue||5.12||McAllister Drive||Saint John Throughway|
|Sherwood Drive||2.26||Champlain Drive||Dead End|
|Smyth Street||0.67||Union Street||Station Street|
|Water Street||0.28||Civic #243||Civic #243|
|Waterloo Street||1.48||Richmond Street||Union Street|
|Wentworth Street||1.32||Orange Street||Broad Street|
|Westmorland Road||1.95||Loch Lomond Road||Kilburn Avenue|
|Westmorland Road||0.72||Driveway to Empire Theatres||McAllister Drive|