Survey Says Dallas Drivers Want Potholes Fixed, Not New Streets. You Don't Say.

This just popped up in the in-box -- a press release headlined "Dallas Drivers Happy, But Would Welcome Improvements." OK, I'm interested. Tell me more, press release announcing the results of the 2010 Hartford Drivability Survey. Tell me more.

Despite incidents of road rage and complaints from a core group of heavy drivers, Dallas residents generally believe their city is "drivable," with 75 percent stating that officials in their area do a good job of maintaining city streets. Still, they see room for improvement: 39 percent say that improving the condition of existing roads would be the No. 1 way to boost drivability in the city.

According to a new research study conducted by GfK Roper for The Hartford, Dallas drivers say that improving the condition of existing roads, such as fixing potholes or repaving streets, is the most effective way to make their community more drivable -- more than building new roads or adding lanes. In fact, bad roads are even less popular than heavy traffic: 78 percent of Dallas drivers would prefer to sit in stop-and-go traffic on a well-paved road rather than having a road full of potholes all to themselves.

The Hartford will partner with the City of Dallas in the near future to launch the "Pothole Patrol" initiative in the city, which has a goal to create smoother commutes in key markets by filling costly and burdensome potholes that cause damage and disrupt the drives of local residents.

According to the survey, the majority of Dallas drivers (75 percent) also believe that traffic is getting worse where they live, and 68 percent acknowledge that the roads in their area were not designed to handle the amount of traffic they currently receive.

Incidentally, here's how that Pothole Patrol thing'll work, whenever that happens. Looks like you'll be asked to vote on one of six particularly egregious potholes, which the insurance company will then fill in. Sounds about right. Besides, I was told Laura Miller fixed all the potholes.

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Robert Wilonsky
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