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Jackson Mayor declares war on potholes

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mayor Tony Yarber has announced a ward-by-ward “Pothole Blitz,” responding to the urgent need to address road problems across the City.

The “Pothole Blitz” is in conjunction with an upcoming street paving project that’s also funded by the 1 Percent Sales Tax.  Streets will be selected based on 311 Action Line calls and prioritized based on the urgency of the repair.

“As we move forward with the long-term Capital Improvement Plan, we want to address the critical road issues our citizens face on a daily basis," said Mayor Yarber. "The ‘Pothole Blitz’ will help in this effort. We are excited to be at a point where residents can see their tax dollars at work." 

Beginning this week, Infrastructure Management will focus all resources in a single ward each day to accomplish as many repairs as possible. The term bid for spot repairs will advertise Thursday.

The 10-member 1 Percent Sales Tax Commission, which has oversight of the funding, recently approved $4 million for the spot repair term bid and another $9.7 million for Operation Orange Cone street resurfacing projects. Additionally, the CBDG-funded Neighborhood Streets project began advertising last week. This project covers 10 Ward 6 streets, plagued by potholes.

Construction also began Tuesday on the Hanging Moss Road Bridge as part of the 1 Percent Tax Program. The bridge has been closed since late 2015 due to structural damage. The construction is expected to take up to six weeks.

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