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Second Ward got biggest chunk of Salem street paving work

October 18, 2012
Morning Journal News

SALEM - The majority of projects for this year's street paving program took place in the Second Ward, in the southwest section of the city, where Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said streets needed the most attention.

On Tuesday, Kenst provided city council members with a list of the streets paved, broken down by council ward and the amount of funding spent in each ward. The report showed that $308,301 was spent in the Second Ward out of $599,333 spent overall.

The amounts spent in the other wards included: $185,227 in the First Ward (northwest area); $56,588 in the Third Ward (northeast area); and $49,217 in the Fourth Ward (southeast area).

The actual amount spent for the total street paving program was $517,966 after subtracting out the $63,605 from a Community Development Block Grant for Newgarden/South Howard Avenue and $17,762 representing a base contract reduction calculated on actual material used.

Out of all the streets slated for paving, he said just Bricker Farms Lane remains to be finished. Kenst explained that the decision on what streets to do is based on the recommendation of the street department and engineers after driving around the city to check the conditions. After that, he said he'll take suggestions from council members.

When asked about the fact that most of the money was spent in the Second Ward, he said that's where the streets were in the worst condition.

In some cases, the cost of some streets were split between wards when streets crossed into more than one ward, including at the intersections where bricks were replaced with pavement.

Streets and intersections done in more than one ward included North Lincoln Avenue, State Street and Ellsworth Avenue, State Street and Broadway, State Street and Lincoln Avenue and South Lincoln Avenue.

Other streets done in the wards included: First Ward, Fourth and Seventh streets, Jennings Avenue and Bricker Farms Lane; Second Ward, East Perry, Aetna, Columbia and Mullins streets, Newgarden and South Howard avenues and Georgetown Road; Third Ward, Egypt Road; Fourth Ward, Maple and Oak streets and Fisher Lane.

The report noted that $530,000 had been appropriated for the program.

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