Winter weather hindering street maintenance in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM N.C. — As city street crews ready with spreaders for the most recent round of snow and ice, officials say they have been falling behind on other street maintenance issues.

“It’s one step forward two steps back,” said Ryan Newcomb, assistant director of the city’s Department of Transportation.

Potholes, such as this one on the corner of Cherry Street and West 5th Street, are taking longer than usual to be repaired due to winter storms. (Kim Wynne/WGHP)

Potholes, such as this one at the intersection of Cherry Street and West 5th Street, are taking longer than usual to be repaired due to winter storms. (Kim Wynne/WGHP)

The same crews on snow duty are the ones who handle street repairs. With the department 10 to 15 workers short, projects like fixing the city’s drainage system, repairing potholes and fixing damaged sidewalks have taken a backseat.

A backseat Jennifer Bradford says makes for a bumpy ride on Stratford Road, which has more than a dozen potholes.

Being that city drains aren’t getting cleared as quickly, she also gets flooding.

“Every time it rains my basement is flooded,” Bradford said. “It’s getting to the point where we really need to do something fast to correct it.”

“This is the water damage from our drains that have been clogged up,” she said, pointing to her basement floor.

These are issues officials say they’re trying to get to but are asking for a little time to do it.

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