This fall, you'll see construction crews on some of the roughest roads in Meridian. That's because the city finally has the money to do it. After months of planning, the City Council sorted the streets based on their Ward, even going as far to create a commercial Ward for roads that are used more than just by residents, and their need to fixed. Meridian Public Works Director Monty Jackson says that after they finish up some paperwork, paving will be able to start.
"We've got them categorized in a one, two, three category with the ones being the worst, and at the present time we are trying to pave all of the ones that we have identified."
However, that paperwork could take a while to complete. The city must now review bids, and that could take a while too.
"After we bid it, it could probably be a month to six weeks before we could start paving."
Right now the city is planning to pave most of the streets designated as a one, but they wish there was more money to go around.
"We're probably only going to get to a pave a third of the streets that we've identified that we'd like to get paved. We didn't get all of the streets identified, but these are the ones that the Councilmen have identified in their Wards that need to be paved."
As for the streets labeled as twos and threes, the city doesn't have a plan for those just quite yet.
"We do these project by project, there's no long term plan."