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City-wide paving project at 15 percent

Since work on Brookhaven’s paving project began on Jan. 29, 15 percent of the 77 streets have been paved. At the end of next week, the number will rise to 20 percent.

In Tuesday’s aldermen meeting, Ryan Holmes of Dungan Engineering updated the board on the progress made on the city’s $3,094,449 paving plan.

“They’ve worked around the weather, and they’ve made some good progress,” Holmes said.

Streets that have been completed are: Junior Trail, Portman Trail, Gatson Trail, Field Lark Lane, Fairlawn Trail, N Jackson Street from Country Club to Industrial Park Road, Palmer Drive, Harper Street, Melanie Lane, Brignall Road (not including the intersection), Northpark Lane (not including the intersection), Honey Creek Lane and Kid’s Kingdom parking lot.

Over the next two weeks, Drury Lane, Lipsey Street and Heuck’s Retreat Road will be paved.

“Contrary to the way city paving has been carried out in past years, the mayor and Board of Aldermen embarked upon a much larger paving project in 2016,” city officials said in a letter. “In order to provide a systematic plan of assessing and grading streets by professionals, the city hired Dungan Engineering to evaluate and present to the board a plan to improve our major thoroughfares and poor or failed auxiliary roads.”

Engineers evaluated every street in the city, and officials said paving funds have been directed to those streets that were found to be in the worst condition. Through this process, the board was able to more than triple the number of miles ordinarily paved.

“The goal of the city board is to get all our city streets in great condition,” officials said in a statement. “Weather permitting, your street will be paved as soon as possible if it is on the 2016 list.”