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July 8, 2014

OUR VIEW: Better roads benefit all

STILLWATER, Okla. — Have you ever driven over a bumpy road or ran over a pothole while driving Stillwater’s city streets? Of course you have.

Better streets are on the way.

A comprehensive list of road repairs has been identified by officials in the the city of Stillwater’s Pavement Management Program. The list is comprised of several locations throughout the city where potholes will be filled, streets resealed or roadways reconstructed.

Work is already under way in some locations and will continue throughout summer and fall.

Stillwater’s Pavement Management Plan includes approximately 72 lane miles and focuses on preventative maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction and deferred maintenance.

The city of Stillwater is investing $4 million into a project that should go a long way in improving roads.

That kind of investment in infrastructure is worth the money. Thousands of people drive on Stillwater streets every day, so that kind of expenditure is a benefit to all Stillwater residents.

The city should continue to work on long-range plans for street repairs and maintenance. Pavement wears out eventually, so budgeting for road work should be an ongoing initiative.

Maintaining and upgrading infrastructure is one of the most important roles of city officials.

Construction work on streets likely will cause some traffic disruption. Traffic will be rerouted in some areas as repairs are being completed. But it won’t last forever.

Road work can be time-consuming, and there are always delays caused by the weather. But be patient and understand better roads are on the way.

 

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