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Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - If you're driving in the Bocage subdivision in Algiers, brace yourself for a bumpy ride.

'It's an obstacle course every day,' said Bocage Civic Association President Eric Songy.

There are drains raised inches off the ground, while other parts of the street have caved in. Neighbors say one sunken area hasn't been fixed in more than a decade.

Several manholes are also jutting inches out of the ground, surrounded by cracked cement. Neighbors call them 'manhole volcanoes.'

'I'm just waiting for the day an oil pan gets taken out by a manhole cover or something,' said neighbor Kenneth Moore.

And that's why yard signs that say 'Fix my street, I pay taxes' are starting to pop up around the neighborhood. After some residents saw the campaign in Lakeview, they decided to expand it across the river.

Neighbors are hoping the campaign can help their streets get the city's attention.

'It's got to get fixed,' said Moore. 'This is ridiculous. There's no way they can leave it this way.'

So far, the Bocage Civic Association says 40 neighbors plan to post one of the signs. They hope city officials get the message.

'We don't want to pay for an increase in taxes if our streets are not going to get included,' said Songy.

It's not just an issue in the Bocage subdivision. Bumpy streets are a problem throughout New Orleans. And neighbors hope city officials can come up with a major plan to give all New Orleanians a smoother ride.

'When Mayor Landrieu took office, we made it a priority to work with FEMA to identify funding to repair roads damaged by Hurricane Katrina. FEMA has awarded the City $280 million for road repairs in neighborhoods across New Orleans, including an over $5 million investment in Algiers. Over the next several months, the City will ramp up road repairs as part of this Recovery Roads Program,' said Tyler Gamble, press secretary for the city of New Orleans, an a written statement.

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