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Paving funds sitting idle

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Another controversy tonight surrounding poor road conditions in Jackson. County officials say they've got millions to spend to fix potholes and resurface streets, but city officials won't use the money.

Supervisor Robert Graham says Hinds County secured 5 million dollars to pave Jackson roads.  State money that is now just sitting idle.

"The city received this inter-local agreement in June of last year and we're not getting the road paved yet," said Graham.

Five-hundred-thousand-dollars of that money would go to smooth out a section of Beasley road, but could soon be lost if not spent according to Supervisor Graham. So far the city has only agreed to a few of the streets the county says they have the money to fix.

"They're saying it's because of the sidewalk but we have information from the Mississippi Department of Transportation that states that the sidewalks should not prohibit us from paving the street," added Graham. "Were asking the city to treat this as an emergency. We have 13 streets the board of supervisors passed to assist the city of Jackson."

Residents we talked to say they don't care where the money comes from. They just want a smoother commute.

"I haven't basically ever seen them as bad as this before," said Gerald Mallet. "There is a certain point where there has to be something done about them.  They're real bad."

Today the city responded to Supervisor Graham's claims. They say the city has approved 4 of the 13 streets the county had paving funds for.
They went on to say that some of the projects would require matching funds, and upgrades to sidewalks, curb ramps and crossings, to make sure the resurfacing would comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which takes time to inspect the roads.

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