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Newton explores costly road repair

June 20, 2012

A city street has caught the attention of Newton City Council member Tom Rowe and he said he wants to see something done about it.

"It is in such terrible condition. I ride down it real slow and look at all the cracks and spider webs and the edges are coming off. Down near the end it is just washing away," Rowe said of East 26th Street which serves about 16 residents in what he describes as an older section of Newton. "If we don't do something about it down at the end it is completely going to leave some day."

Fixing the road won't b cheap, however, and because it doesn't meet state mandates that require roads be 16-feet wide, Newton Public Works Director Wilce Martin said Powell Bill funds can't be used to fix it.

For more details on this story, see the Thursday edition of The Observer News Enterprise.

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