Paving prep work on a few streets in the City of Russellville should begin this week, said city mayor Mark Stratton. The streets being paved are Brookhaven and Frances Avenue. According to Stratton, both are in really bad shape.
“We are getting to these streets before the winter hits, ” said the mayor. “There is a priority list and we are going by that, however, it may take some time.”
Another project coming up soon is widening Armory Drive by a foot. Stratton said a previous administration widened the curve, but the entire street really needs to be redone.
“With the park and library on this street the amount of traffic is very heavy. We need to widen the area to make it safer for all those who travel on it,” Stratton said.
The funds to pay for the up and coming projects will come from the city’s Municipal Road Aid money, which it receives each year. Unfortunately, this fiscal year the city received approximately $38,000 less due to an issue with a fuel tax cap.
The City of Russellville received 135,066 this year to work on the streets. Last year it received $165,000.
“Will be doing a little more paving in the spring,” said Stratton. “We have a list and we are aware of the streets that need repair. But we are going to have to make sure we have the funds to do the projects. With receiving less, we are having to be frugal and make sure the money goes as far as it can.”
The mayor said despite the loss of allotted funding from the state, the city is going forward with repairs, but are asking the citizens to be patient as it may take a little longer to get to them all.
“We tried to start doing some of the worse streets years ago and now we are trying to go into the areas that haven’t been done forever,” Stratton said. “We have bids on Chapman and Longview, but we are trying to get this project done first and then go to those areas. It will take a few years to complete.”
Mayor Stratton still believes the city is blessed to be able to do the projects. He feels the funds received will help a lot and there is always next year when the funds will be replenished and more projects can begin.
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