North Spring, West Colville and Liberty Lane will finally be getting much-needed improvements. While no time has been set for work to begin, each road will be resurfaced.
McMinnville officials accepted a $404,000 bid from Highways Inc. to resurface those three streets. Accepting the measure were Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman, and Aldermen Mike Neal, Jimmy Bonner, Ryle Chastain, Steve Harvey and Everett Brock.
Street paving funds from the state will fund 80 percent of the project. Called the Surface Transportation Program (STP), the state has approximately $750,000 earmarked for use here and city officials have been attempting to secure that money for four years.
Public Works director Bill Brock says approximately $300,000 will be used on traffic lights.
“I need approval for the bid from Highways for $404,820. The rest will go for traffic lights,” said Brock during a Streets and Sanitation Committee meeting. “The paving part is an 80/20 match. We will pay 20 percent of this paving project. The traffic lights are a full 100 percent from the state.”
STP funds are allocated to the state from the federal government. The state gives the money to cities and counties based on population. McMinnville’s funds have been accumulating since 2000 when paving stopped and have been hanging in limbo since 2011 when the city began paving again.
There are guidelines for using STP funds. Those funds can only be used on “collector” streets that have high traffic volume and are not considered state or federal routes.