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Aldermen OK paving plan

The City Council Monday approved a street resurfacing plan for next year that will see nearly 49,000 feet of roadway repaved.

The paving projects (shown in blue on the map) will be spread across the city.

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Public Works Director David Jennings said a consultant’s study shows that Evanston’s streets are — on average — in good condition, scoring at 74 on a 100 point scale.

The $4.2 million in city funds appropriated for street paving next year should allow the city to maintain the current overall condition of its streets, Mr. Jennings said.

The city also has tentative plans for repaving projects for the subsequent four years. In all it’s expected to cost a total of $30 million, with $9 million coming from state and federal funds and the rest from city tax revenue.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, criticized the handling of paving projects this year, saying that contractors have left open ditches and created disruptive conditions for local residents.

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