By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
Fall paving in Fairmont is set to begin this week on East Side.
According to City Manager Jay Rogers, Stone Paving began mobilizing and milling streets Tuesday in preparation for the largest paving cycle since the implementation of the street-maintenance charge. Rogers said the estimate for the fall cycle is $850,000.
“Right now we’ve got about 50 to 60 streets that look to be on the list to be paved,” he said.
Once work is done on East Side, the paving project will proceed to Bellview, downtown, West Side and Watson, in that order.
The street-maintenance charge, which is a weekly $2 fee charged to people who reside in Fairmont as well as nonresidents who work within city limits, was implemented in 2011. Since then, four paving cycles have been completed and many of the city’s streets have benefited from the project.
This fall will mark the fifth cycle.
Rogers said he hopes the paving project will be continuously in the works throughout Fairmont.
“My hope is that it would be perpetual,” Rogers said. “Right now we’re on about a 13-year schedule, meaning it would take us 13 years to pave every street. The life of asphalt is about the same, so when we’re finishing we should be starting from scratch all over again to keep it going and not let them fall into that condition again.”
Public Works director Ron Miller released the paving list for this fall. It is considered final, barring any utility emergencies.