Hobart officials announce $500,000 road paving campaign

2013-08-05T18:30:00Z 2013-08-05T22:50:06Z Hobart officials announce $500,000 road paving campaignDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The city has initiated a paving campaign targeting roads most in need of repairs, Mayor Brian Snedecor said.

City officials have earmarked $500,000 for the work.

"Some of the streets haven't had major resurfacing since the 1960s or 70s," Snedecor said.

Snedecor said he has compiled a priority list for work after receiving input from residents, city employees and members of the City Council.

Work started last week on 10th Street, from Wisconsin to Lake Park Avenue.

"That's the biggest stretch of roadway," Snedecor said.

A partial list of other roads undergoing improvements include portions of Lake, Washington, Center, Oklahoma and Linda streets.

Money for repairs will come out of the casino fund and other available funds.

"There's not a whole lot of money. We're trying to do what we can with what's in the budget," Snedecor said.

The city has contracted Walsh and Kelly to repave the streets on the list.

Work is targeted for completion by Aug. 21, when school starts.

"Every summer (we) try to do this. We're trying to do a little more because summer is coming to a close," Snedecor said.

Snedecor said this is an important first step of a much wider campaign of repaving in the upcoming year.

"All the work currently underway now and the work planned in the future will address issues that citizens have come to expect from this administration," Snedecor said.

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