Street pavings begin Monday

Published 12:07 am Sunday, January 30, 2011

When work crews take to repaving Old Marion Junction Road Monday, they will be starting yet another project funded by a 2009 bond issue.

The paving work also marks a point in the bond issue’s history, where every project to be funded by the bond will be either started or nearing completion.

“The bond issue has just about done everything we had hoped,” Selma Mayor George Evans said. “Right now, every project is underway.”

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City officials announced late Friday that Wiregrass Construction would begin the street improvement work Monday, beginning with Old Marion Junction Road.

“The list of streets were prioritized earlier by the council and voted on by the council,” Evans said. “These streets are some of the worst in the city and need to be repaved.”

The streets include: Old Marion Junction Road, Lapsley Street, Mabry Street, Marie Foster Street, First Avenue, Franklin Street, Martin Luther King Street and Water Avenue.

The city announced the construction company distributed notices to property owners and “responsible parties” on those streets, asking them to “remove personal vehicles and property from the streets until the construction is complete.”

City and construction officials also warn residents on those streets to not leave their vehicles parked on the street while work is ongoing.

“Unattended vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense,” the city said Friday.

Evans said work crews, who will begin immediately weather permitting, should complete all of the paving work in four months.