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Repairs Underway On Maricopa County Roads After Monsoon

The Valley’s roads have taken a hit this monsoon season with numerous reports of damage and road closures. Now that the storms have passed, repairs are underway. 

There are about 2,500 miles of county roads in Maricopa County. Many of which have been damaged by the rains and flooding. The county’s repair team has been working on filling potholes, washed out roadways and removing fallen debris. KJZZ spoke with Jesse Gutierrez who is the deputy director of the Maricopa County Department of Transportation. 

“As we see some of the roads really getting deteriorated because of these storms we’re having to shift gears a little bit and put a little more focus on our pavement preservation program to address these needs," Gutierrez said. 

Gutierrez says the county has about 150 people working on storm-related repairs across the county. He says the cost of those repairs have not yet been tallied, but he’s certain they will be higher than last years. 

Thalia Lopez is an intern at KJZZ and entering her final year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Lopez is studying broadcast journalism with a minor in theater.Growing up in Arizona, Lopez has become familiar with the different cultures that spread across the state and has developed a love for connecting with the community.When off the clock, Lopez enjoys advancing her acting skills, finding new ways to improve her health and watching movies with her friends and family.