POINT PLEASANT — The City of Point Pleasant is accepting bids for paving on a few side streets with Mayor Brian Billings saying he is still attempting to find out information on paving W.Va. 62 through town.
Billings said he has been attempting to find out from the West Virginia Department of Transportation whether or not the state will have funds to repave the main drag though town anytime soon. Billings, as well as other members of city council, have often spoken about the existing paving which seems to get worse and worse.
Billings said he will continue to work with the state to see if anything can be done to improve the much-traveled roadway - a roadway which is not under city but state jurisdiction because it is a state route.
Due to some money in its coal severance fund, the city will be able to repave a few sections of side streets which fall under its jurisdiction in the upcoming weeks - that is, if the bids are priced right and council approves them.
Currently, the city is accepting bids on two paving projects.The first is on the northern end of town, starting at the intersection of W.Va. 62 and Burdette St., traveling Burdette St. until the intersection of Howard Ave. and then paving on Howard Ave.
The city is also taking bids on paving a partial section of Poplar St. going to the intersection of North Main St. Last year, the city paved a partial section of Poplar St., going up the hill into the curve in the Harmon Park area.
Billings said bids will be opened on Tuesday, April 3 and then brought to Point Pleasant City Council at its regular meeting on April 9. If approved, paving could begin right away.
Billings said he hopes to continue paving in more areas as the availability of funds allow and is attempting to look into grants for paving as well as sidewalk repair.