Arab roads getting repaved after 2013 tax passage

Updated: Apr. 12, 2017 at 7:36 PM CDT
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ARAB, AL (WAFF) - Streets in Arab are expected to be completely paved by year's end.

It was a promise made by Mayor Bob Joslin if voters passed a tax increase to pay for it.

With warmer weather now in play, paving crews are back on the street in the city of Arab.

The city passed a one cent sales tax back in 2013 designated strictly for road and infrastructure improvement projects.

The city immediately began allocating the money raised to repaving roads and by the end of spring. Joslin said 100 of the city's 110 miles worth of streets will be paved.

Joslin feels the project has been a success and feels it has more benefits than just making residents' driving more smooth.

"It's an economic development tool. When you're having people want to locate as far as retail, commercial, business, or people even wanting to come live in your community, you have to make your community look attractive to them and roads is one of the first things they notice when they drive through town," said Joslin.

Joslin anticipates the final stretch of roads will be completed sometime this fall.

Joslin said they'll be using some of the funds for a major sidewalk repaving project this summer.

Arab city crews are working on May Apple Road inside the city. You'll also find Marshall County road crews repaving that road once it leaves the city limits.

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