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Sun, Jan. 26

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Williams drivers are experiencing a smoother ride lately, due to the city fulfilling its promise to residents of much-needed road repairs. The city had gathered about $300,000 from state and federal highway user funds and with it, have hired Wimmer Enterprises of Flagstaff to do a one-inch pavement overlay from Route 66 southward on First Street, Second Street, Fourth Street, Taber Street, Slagel Street and Pine Street. City Planning and Operations Director Glenn Cornwell said city staff wanted to do the job over the summer, but were frequently stopped by monsoon rains. The overlay is an asphalt topping that adheres to the old asphalt underneath with a tack coat that will last at least another five years. Cornwell admitted the absolute best way to do street repair would be to tear up the entire roadway and lay down a whole new base with asphalt, but said that the city simply can't afford such an undertaking at this time. The city is trying to focus on problem areas first, but at the same time must repair the streets in clusters to do the job at the budgeted amount. Cornwell said he and other staff are drawing up plans of what streets to do in 2007 and said the city hopes to be able to start the work earlier.

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