TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Many Terre Haute streets took a beating this past winter. Repeated salt and sand treatments and plowing have many streets in need of paving. Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett says we can expect to see paving in the city now through November.
Drive around Terre Haute and chances are you’ll find at least part of your ride to be a little bumpy. Mayor Duke Bennett says the city has been crafting its paving plan for this year, and they’re ready to start smoothing out some bumpy roads.
“Our focus every year is to take care of the main thoroughfares and then some of the neighborhood-type streets,” said Mayor Bennett.
The city engineer’s office is tasked with overseeing all street paving. The office rates each not just every street, but the different stretches of every street. From there, they compile a list of streets in most need of fixing, and then they decide which streets to pave based on how much money they have to spend.
“We’re going to be doing about $1.6-1.7 million dollars worth of paving in the city this year,” said Mayor Bennett.
That money comes from EDIT and MVH funds. And it may sound like a lot of money, but paving roads is expensive. So that money will dry up quickly. But not before crews repave parts of south 7th street, 25th street, and parts of north 13th street.
“What we found were some railroad tracks still in there that used to go to Clinton, the old interurban rail that ran there. It’s kinda the same problem we had on Wabash,” said Mayor Bennett.
The city engineer’s office says the real work begins in a couple of weeks. So be on the lookout for sights like this. It will be a minor inconvenience at the time, but it will prove to be smoother sailing once the paving is complete.
Mayor Bennett says Wabash Valley Asphalt won the contract to do this year’s paving in Terre Haute. Paving should last through November.