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Nearly eight miles of city streets in Cairo will be resurfaced later this year as part of Phase Seven of the city’s Street Resurfacing Master Plan.
According to Cairo city manager Chris Addleton, since the master plan was instituted in 2012 approximately 43 miles of streets have been resurfaced with proceeds from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and state funding through the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant program.
Plans call for the Phase Seven project to be advertised for bid in August, bids opened in September and paving to begin sometime in October or November.
Streets included in the Phase Seven scope of work in the northwest section include Crine Blvd N.W., a portion of 11th Avenue NW from Crine to the end of the current pavement; Westlake Drive and Summerfield Drive.
The northeast section streets include 11th Avenue NE, 12th Avenue N.E., 13th Avenue N.E., as well as portions of First, Second and Fourth streets N.E. and Second Avenue N.E.
On the southwest side, streets to be resurfaced include Crescent Circle S.W., Crestwood Drive, and portions of Third, Fourth, Ninth and 10th streets S.W.
In the southeast section, resurfacing of Buchannan Street, First Street S.E., 14th Avenue S.E., 15th Avenue S.E, Ridgecrest Drive, Maxwell Drive, Sixth Avenue S.E. and Seventh Avenue S.E. is planned.
The city has been awarded $166,417.31 in LMIG funds from the state, which the city must match at 30 percent or $49,925.19 which total $216,342.50 that will be combined with SPLOST proceeds to resurface the nearly eight miles of streets this fall.
Voters will be asked in November to approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. City manager Addleton notes that SPLOST provides revenue the city needs to be able to tackle such projects as the Street Resurfacing Master Plan.
“Without SPLOST, we could not have thought about resurfacing more than 40 miles of streets since 2012. These are your pennies being spent wisely,” Addleton said.