Newton to spend $56K for 1500 feet of street

Newton will spend about $56,000 to repair and repave about 1,600 linear feet of a city street — but the city won't be paying for property acquisition along the sides of the existing road.

During Newton City Council's meeting this week, city leaders voted 3-2 in favor of paving East 26th Street from North College Avenue to the road's end. Doing so will require MidState Contractors to remove existing asphalt, replace and/or repair the sub-base and repave the road. The road will also be widened to 16 feet, said Newton Public Works and Utilities Director Wilce Martin. Widening the road means it will qualify for state Powell Bill funds for future maintenance, he said.

Currently, roads must be 16-feet wide to be eligible for Powell Bill funding, so Newton will draw an anticipated $56,832 from its retained earnings for the project.

"I think we ought to pave all of it," said Council member Tom Rowe. "Those people up there deserve a good street just like anyone else in Newton."

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