Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 21, 2013

Streets of Summer: J’ville, Rusk work to repair roads

Amy Brocato Pearson
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Crews from the City of Jacksonville sweated it out Thursday at lunchtime, resurfacing part of Wood-lawn St. as part of an annual repair project.

Before the end of the summer, approximately 12 streets in the city will have been resurfaced, said Director of Public Works Will Cole.

An equipment malfunction delayed the project Thursday morning, but workers soldiered on through the heat of the afternoon to keep everything on schedule.

Woodlawn is the first street to be resurfaced as part of the annual program. The other streets under consideration will be surveyed by city staff, then chosen based on the condition of the street, the amount of traffic it receives and the density of residences along the roadway, Cole said.

The City typically spends about $200,000 a year resurfacing roads in the city, but this summer they have an additional $80,000 to spend, allotted by the City Council.

The City of Rusk will also start a summer street renovation project on July 8.

Last week, the Rusk City Council approved a bid from Drewery Contractors of Nacogdoches for almost $1 million to renovate 41 streets in the city. Funding for the project comes from bonds issued earlier in the year and the project should be completed by the end of the summer.