ALBANY, GA (WALB) -In a recent survey, 146 miles of Albany’s streets were rated “very poor,” a rating that led city leaders to approve a $17.5 million street repair project.
City leaders are already on to phase two of the project.
“Potholes, you’ve got to dodge them. So it’s a good idea, it really is,” Marvin King, an Albany resident, said.
When it comes to the potholes, King said it can be dangerous on the roads when people try to swerve around them.
King said he supports Albany’s $17.5 million street resurfacing project.
“Keep you from swerving and hitting someone else trying to dodge a pothole,” he added.
City leaders approved phase one of the project back in March 2018 and just approved phase 2, with a budget of $2.8 million.
“I done flattened several tires going down the street, especially after it’s rained and you just barely can see the potholes, and a lot of times you don’t see it until you’ve done hit it,” said Willie Stokes, another Albany resident.
Stokes said it’s hard to have pride in his city when the roads are full of potholes and bumps.
“Man, that made me feel some kind of disgusted to tell you the truth,” he added.
Thirty-five streets will be resurfaced under the second phase of the project, and includes gutter repairs, re-striping, manhole adjustments and repaving.
“You know, who wouldn’t want their city to look better? I know I would,” Stokes said.
The almost $3 million project will be funded through SPLOST VII and a state grant.
Stokes said every street the city can fix, is well worth the money spent.
“You’re saving and beautifying the city," Stokes said. "So I think it will be a great thing.”
The project will be ongoing for the next six years, according to officials.
Albany officials will also spend $1 million on a crushed asphalt project in an effort to improve the alleys in every ward in the city.
Public Works staff created a list of 20 alleys per ward that would need crushed asphalt, a durable material that can withstand harsh weather.
The asphalt would also help the city reduce the average maintenance costs.
Stokes said the alleys in Albany could use an update.
“Practically on the South Side you’ve got alleys that are dirt and dips that you can’t go through sometimes. You know, the water be up so high, so you know I believe that’d be a great thing there, especially those alleys, oh wow, that’d be great,” he added.
City crews said crushed asphalt is a fraction of the cost of normal repavement projects.
Albany Public Works will have to look at bids before the project will officially begin.