The Jackson City Council approved a bond worth about $27 million for street renovations and bridge repairs at a meeting today.

The bond is the largest infusion of money into the city’s streets program in years. From 1997 until 2008, the city spent $12.3 million on street resurfacing.

Thelman Boyd, the public works director, said the city has not decided which streets will be repaved with the bond money. He said he will bring his recommendations to council in coming weeks.

The money may also pay to repair several city bridges.

“We really want to resurface the worst streets first,” Boyd said. “We are going to have to come up with a pretty good mix to make sure we get the most bang for our buck.”

The city maintains more than 1,100 miles of streets. The city estimates it needs about $66 million to get roads up to par and another $10.1 million annually for ongoing maintenance.

In addition to the bond money, the city has budgeted $500,000 for street maintenance this fiscal year, which started Oct. 1.

The council also approved a $1.45 million bid to complete its 2007-08 road resurfacing program.

That program includes work on 12 city streets, including portions of Ridgewood Road and Woodstock Drive.

Clarion Ledger
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