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Improvements Coming to Pittsburg Roadways Thanks to Sales Tax

Improvements Coming to Pittsburg Roadways Thanks to Sales Tax

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Improvements are coming to Pittsburg area roadways.

The project is being funded by sales tax, but now that it's over halfway complete, officials are hoping residents will renew the tax in the next year.

Pittsburg Public Works Director Bill Beasley says "I think a lot of them [residents] are wishing it was there street being paved. There's so many of them that need to be paved."

"We have an opportunity to prove to the citizens that we can spend this tax wisely. It's for materials only. So we originally had 700 thousand dollars estimated it would generate but its done 900 thousand so, we're getting a lot of bank for our buck." said Pittsburg City Manager, Daron Hall.

Residents voted 'Yes' on the sales tax back in 2009, voting for a .25 percent of the tax to go towards the city's road projects over a 5 year time period.

One of the road projects that the city is working on is changing the historic brick overlay streets into asphalt...which can take a little longer time to complete, but officials say it's well worth the wait.

"It typically doesn't take very long if we're just doing an overlay project, if we do have to mill we have to bring in a contractor that can do the milling and it may take a little longer to get them contracted." said Beasley.

The majority of improvements on the roads are asphalt paving. So far in 2013 alone, asphalting has cost the city just over 533 thousand dollars...which is a small price to pay for keeping Pittsburg a good city name.

"Our streets are kind of like our face. You know if you have bad streets everyone seems to talk about their streets wherever they're at. Kansas, Missouri, whatever town you're in. You're known by the condition of your roads." Hall said.

The Remainder of the sales tax money will be spent on sidewalk improvements in order to meet ADA guidelines, along with special concrete road improvements.

A renewal of the sales tax will be on the ballot in the 2015 election.

The City of Pittsburg Public Works already has a plan of roadways that will improve in 2014.

You can find the complete PowerPoint by clicking here.

 

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