Officials Discuss Paving Project Plans

The current list for proposed paving consists of dozens of Meridian streets. However, most are in or near the core of the city. Public Works Director Monty Jackson says a system was used to determine what streets were placed on the list.

"So, we ranked the streets:1,2 and 3," Jackson explains. "Presented the list back to the council with the 1's being the ones we thought were the worse, the 2's next and the 3's the last on the list."

The total bond for the project is for $4.5 million. Because there are many needs, but not enough money to meet them, Jackson says each of the five council members will have roughly $700,000 of that money that can be used to improve streets within their wards. Next up for the council is to whittle down the proposed paving list.

"We prioritized them into level 1, 2, and 3," City Council President George Thomas says. "We'll try to do the level ones, as many as we can. One thing we're looking at is do we need to treat the commercial streets, the downtown streets as priority one and then get the residential streets."

Council members are expected to vote on a final list for streets to be paved at their first meeting in August.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    Eddie, go to Jackson and take the fortification street exit towards state street and you will see the worst street in the State. If you don't have good shocks good luck.
  • by cw on Jul 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM
    they will have to tear them back up to repair the water and sewer lines when they break the should fix that problem first
  • by Eddie Location: Enterprise on Jul 16, 2012 at 07:47 AM
    Meridian has the worst streets to drive on then any other town i have been in and the worst they are going to get if nothing is done to them and going to cost the tax payers more money when they ever do get repaired
  • by Brandy Location: Meridian on Jul 16, 2012 at 02:24 AM
    Parts of 8th St. always need paving! And at the 4 way stop in front of Anderson's and Mr. Discount on 14th. That spot has gotten horrible. So I hope both of these make the list!!
  • by whoisonfirst on Jul 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM
    Let me stay positive with my comments. Watch where your money goes. They will not be done by the election but it will look good just to mention them. That dog didnt hunt before either.
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