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Pothole Repairs To Get Under Way In April In Charleston

Reported: Apr. 8, 2014 11:17 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 8, 2014 12:48 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- The city of Charleston plans to pave some of its worst roads within the next two weeks.

Charleston City Council Finance Committee members met Monday night and voted in favor of renewing the annual street pavement agreement.

City officials said $1.3 million will help fix roads across the city and the first road to be fixed is Barlow Drive.

Robert Whitehair walks along Barlow Drive just about every day for work and sees first-hand the condition this harsh winter has left.

"At the beginning, they were extremely deep. It was horrible," he said. "Now they're bearable, but still a serious impediment and a safety issue."

Whitehair said the potholes and overall poor condition of the road has added 10 minutes to his commute.

"I actually know someone who flipped their truck on its side due to one of the potholes in the early stages of this because one was so deep," he said.

But help is on the way after the finance committee approved its street paving agreement. This year's work is costing the city $500,000 more compared to last year.

City Engineer Chris Knox said when the city originally looked at the streets this year, there was about $3 million worth of streets that could have been paved. Temporary repairs were made on a few of them to hold off another year, Knox said.

The price-tag to fix Barlow Drive alone is about $100,000.

Milling and paving is expected to start April 21.



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