JACKSON, MI – Residents of Jackson can now see the city’s progress in “fixing the roads.”
The City of Jackson has created a section on his website called “Paving Jackson”, which is designed to inform residents about construction projects. The page includes breakdowns of street projects over the past 20 years, as well as projects that will take place at a future date, city spokesman Aaron Dimick said.
“We just wanted to have a place where residents can learn what we’re doing with the roads and what they can expect,” he said.
In this new section, residents can also find a calendar indicating when projects will begin on their streets.
If residents think their road should be a priority, the “Paving Jackson” section also tells them how to see if a street is slated for construction in the next few years, or how to get a petition from the city to get their street on the program if it is not already there.
Residents can also view the progress of the city’s four-inch watermain replacement project, which begins in 2022, Dimick said. Once the main pipes are replaced, residents will benefit from improved water quality and pressure, he said.
“We just want to let the community know that we hear complaints about the roads and we’re putting all the resources we can into it,” Dimick said.
Since 2012, more than 21 miles of streets in Jackson have been resurfaced, officials said, adding that road spending has also increased by 152.7%.
Jackson uses street, water and sewer funds, which come from tax revenue, to pay for infrastructure projects. Special assessments, as well as state and federal funds, are also being used for project costs, officials said. About $105 million in municipal funds have gone toward dozens of projects over the past nine years, officials said.
More construction projects are on the horizon as the city steps up efforts to replace lead water pipes. Line replacements will also result in major repairs to streets, sidewalks and curbs, officials said.
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Once construction projects are planned for 2022, they will be listed in the Paving Jackson section. It can be found under the “Our Services” tab on the city’s website or by searching cityofjackson.org/pavingjackson.
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