Marshall Puts $1.4 Million Toward Street Improvements
City Looking to Give Streets an Upgrade
Marshall's city commission voted to give the city a makeover in one of their most needed areas -- city streets. In all, the city will have more than a million dollars available for road repair.
"It's actually better right now than it was before they started, even with the rains they've had so everyone's excited and it's going to be a major improvement to this area of town." J.C. Hughes is the director of Public Works in Marshall. He says, they've been planning which streets to repair and reconstruct over a 5 year period since 2012 and now that they have new money coming available for city streets they can get to work a little quicker. "So what we we're looking at doing in 2013, we can do some 2014 improvements and in some cases may get into some 2015."
The city has federal dollars aimed at revitalizing streets in low income neighborhoods and now approved tax money aimed at fixing streets in Marshall. "That will allow us to add both of those funds into our street projects for 2013 which will enhance our overall infrastructure for the improvement of Marshall," said Marshall city Mayor, Ed Smith. In all, the city is looking at 1.4 million dollars to put towards Marshall streets.
"Where 3 years ago we were only looking at maybe 350 thousand dollars so with that increased amount of money, We're going to make headway. But I want to caution everyone we can't get caught up overnight because our streets didn't get in this condition overnight but i think over the next few years we'll make a major impact on the city," said Hughes.
Improvements are already underway.