Last week we examined the city’s newest plan to repair roads, storm drains and buildings, and found it doesn’t include enough money to keep up with anticipated demand.

Despite spending $729 million in the next five years, public works officials say the city’s infrastructure would continue to get even worse. Just to maintain current conditions, officials estimate the city would need to spend another $77 million over the period.

I created the graphic above to help illustrate how that $77 million deficit would emerge. The city plans to spend $145.8 million annually while officials say maintaining current conditions would require incrementally more money. The gap between available funding and needed funding would widen each year.

For more the city’s new funding plan, check out this explainer by City Hall reporter Liam Dillon and then read his roundup about how business and elected officials are reacting to the city’s maintenance backlog.

Keegan Kyle is a news reporter for He writes about local government, creates infographics and handles the Fact Check Blog. What should he write about next?

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