The recession may not have affected your job or your credit, but it will be affecting your roads.


"Last year, we had $10 million" spent on the city's street improvement program, Hesperia's Director of Development Services, Scott Priester, said Friday. "That ended up giving us about 35 miles, I think, of roadwork."


But with revenues declining, it's likely there will be a lot less spent on roads when the Hesperia City Council considers the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 budget in June.


"This year, we're targeting about $5 million. I expect we'll be splitting that into actual road reconstruction and there are some roads that have been paved eight, nine years ago that we need to go back and do maintenance on."


That sort of ripping out and replacing roads from scratch costs five to six times as much as preventative maintenance costs, so while some residents will get dramatically better roads next year, there will be fewer blocks paved next year than this year.


A draft list of roads to be paved in next year will be complete in May.


The city will also continue work on the already paid-for Ranchero Road Underpass project. The city is currently purchasing right of way from landowners in the area, with the goal of beginning construction this fall.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.