MARIANNA, FL 1/26/2012 --
The city of Marianna is in its final phase of an aggressive road reconstruction project spanning several years. It first started in 2008, and when all is said and done. The city says this series of projects will have affected about a quarter of its roads.
Crews were busy Wednesday in Marianna reconstructing several of the city's roads. It's part of a much bigger plan costing around sixteen million dollars that started four years ago.
"The city had committed to undertaking this fairly significant project to really significantly improve the roadway infrastructure within the city," said Marianna City Commissioner Paul Donofro.
In 2008 Kelson Avenue was first up, then in phase two workers focused on revamping portions of more than fifty area roads.
"We did not want to get into a situation where we put new road base down and new asphalt paving and then quickly had to come in and do repairs, so we committed to fixing all of the utilities first," said Donofro.
Now in the final phase of the project, crews are tearing up nine roads including Caledonia and Wynn Streets.
"We had potholes out here, rut holes everywhere," said Marianna resident Kevin Kirkland.
Kirkland lives off Wynn Street and he and other residents said despite the noise and driving hassles, in the end the project will be well worth it.
"Anything's better than it was because it was in terrible shape out here. But they're working on it and they will get it done right," said Kirkland.
The city said it covered the sixteen million dollar price tag mostly by grants, loans, some private financing, and taxpayer dollars.