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Paving programs are essential

As a result of good budgeting, and a little luck, the City of Weirton will be able to have more streets paved this year than originally planned.

During a work session held March 17, Public Works Director Rod Rosnick informed council the cost for the planned list of streets to be paved, which had been approved earlier this month, had come in approximately $250,000 lower than what had been budgeted.

With a little extra money available, each ward will have one additional street (or a series of alleys) paved this year than had been expected.

That’s good news for the residents and businesses or Weirton.

Street paving is a service which is always needed, and the city tries each year to tackle those streets most in need of maintenance.

The additional streets are set for a vote from council as part of a special meeting scheduled for next week, and street paving will get under way around April 1. Crews will be out, which also means traffic delays and detours in some areas, so we encourage patience from motorists.

Let’s not forget that much of the funding for the street paving in Weirton comes from the $2 a week user fee. That fee has been targeted by some in the Legislature for reduction or elimination, and although the bill hasn’t had much movement in recent weeks, the possibility still exists that Weirton could lose up to $900,000 for street paving if the fee goes away.

With all that in mind, we thank the city officials for making sure this vital service continues each year.

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