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City looking to pave streets before Festival

September 13, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

By Anthony Gaynor

Staff Writer

Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley on Wednesday presented the Streets Committee with a list of streets to be paved saying he hopes the work can be completed before the Mountain State Forest Festival, which begins at the end of this month.

"J.F. Allen is working on a schedule for us," he told the committee.

Pingley said the city has enough money budgeted for 1,034 tons of asphalt at a cost of around $76 a ton.

Streets to be paved are: South Davis Avenue from Whiteman Avenue to Blain Avenue; Robert E. Lee Avenue from Wilson Street to Central Street; Maryland Avenue from Heavener Avenue to Orchard Street; Oak Street; 10th Street from South Davis Avenue to Kerens Avenue; Davis Street from Randolph Avenue to Delaware Avenue; Center Street from Randolph Avenue to Delaware Avenue; Graham Street from Randolph Avenue to an unnamed alley; and the alley behind Seneca Reality.

All of the streets except the alley behind Seneca Realty will be milled.

Street Committee Chairman and Councilman Charles Kinnison, 1st Ward, also gave the committee a brief report about the Wilson Street swinging bridge.

The committee has been attempting to find money to either repair or replace the aging structure.

Kinnison said he spoke with Randolph County Development Authority Executive Director Robbie Morris about the possibility of finding money for the work.

"He wants additional information," Kinnison said. "He is looking into it to see if there is funding available."

Pingley said he is concerned about people using power chairs to cross the bridge, explaining that the city recently repaired a broken suspension rod on the structure.

"With the age and condition of the bridge, the people in power chairs crossing it is not a good idea," he said. "We put up a sign (that the bridge) is for foot traffic only."

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