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SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007

Decatur paving plans list 110 jobs

By Evan Belanger · 340-2442

Smoother driving could be just over the horizon for Decatur motorists.

A proposal for repaving segments of several city streets this year includes 63 projects to cost an estimated $893,529.

City Engineering and Public Works Director Mark Petersohn released the proposed list Friday along with a similar proposal for the 2008 paving season.

The 2008 list included 47 projects to cost an estimated $888,994.

Together, the proposals call for nearly 28 miles of city streets to be repaved by the end of next year.

“Given available funding, additional sections may be added or removed as necessary,” Petersohn said in an e-mail to The Daily.

According to District 4 City Councilman Ronny Russell, the list will likely be up for consideration by the City Council in “very short order.”

When exactly the list will make the council’s meeting agenda is up to City Council President Billy Jackson. Attempts to contact Jackson on Friday were unsuccessful.

If approved by the council, the roadwork will be the first major repaving operation undertaken by the current administration.

The last paving list saw completion in early 2004.

With the combined projects to cost about $1.78 million, the overall expense of the two proposals falls well short of the $3.34 million estimated to be available.

Most of that money comes from a $2 million loan approved by the City Council in October. The rest was appropriated to the city from the state gasoline tax.

Of the 110 paving projects called for in the proposal, most are fairly short in length.

The longest project is scheduled for 2008 on Sherman Street Southeast near Delano Park. It spans less than two miles.

Another seven projects in the proposals measure longer than a half- mile each.

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