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Columbus residents want road improvements finished now

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Residents of Columbus had a lot to say about the conditions of their roadways...and Monday night they took it to the city council to ask why nothing is being done about it.

"They need to fix the roads...now. Not wait until we get done. We have barricades all over this city, and it's a nightmare." says business owner, John Lopp.

The city initially had plans to resurface many of the heavily traveled roads, but then something went wrong. The city council meeting was standing room only as many residents came to voice their opinions.

One woman questioned: "You said that you went ahead and milled the streets, why didn't you go ahead and quickly start asphalting?"

The city began the milling along roads back in may, which saved the city $30,000... But they didn't have a contractor for the project, which is something council members say will never make again.

"I promise as long as I sit on the council, that's something that will never happen again." says council member, Douglas Hosier.

John Lopp manages Fast Mart gas station along Maple Street and he says he's seen more people pass by his station since the road project began.

"My convenience store for straight unleaded gasoline with no alcohol is 10 cents cheaper than anyone else in town. But yet my business's is down, my gasoline volume is down over 50%. People refuse to travel these roads to get here." Lopp says.

He hopes he can see some improvements before major event celebrations like Columbus days and Homecoming.

"Columbus days are coming up. Who's going to come to Columbus with our streets and stuff looking the way they are." Lopp says.

The council says contractors for the project will be able to submit bids beginning on September 3rd. They will keep the bid open for 30 days. The approved contractor will have 75 days to complete the project from that point.

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