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Macomb city streets projects on back burner?

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People in Macomb have been driving on bumpy roads for years.

But after voters approved an increase in the city sales tax to help pay for street repairs two year ago, many have been left wondering-- What's taking so long?

"It's kind of rough to be driving around," said Tatiana Godfrey. 

"I just see a lot of holes a lot of things that have been tearing up my car as I'm driving through the streets," said Ian Hayes.

"It just kind of jars you when you're riding along, it'd be nice to have some nice roads around here," said Scott Clement.

And after two years of waiting those nice roads are finally coming.

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman says he understands the frustration of residents for having to wait so long, but says even after the half cent sales tax increase was passed, more time was needed for the revenue to accumulate.

"We had to build a cash balance in the fund in order to let bids and be able to pay contractors as we go, we're in that position now and we're ready to move forward," said Inman.

Inman says underground repairs on Ward street from Jackson to Adams, and Carroll Street from Campbell to White will begin immediately.

And above ground work will begin this summer.

But with over 30 years of wear and tear to be dealt with, Inman says community cooperation is a must.

"There will be some disruption there will be some inconvenience, we're going to try to mitigate that and make it as least painful as possible, and hope that folks appreciate the end product," said Inman.

Mayor Inman says that they expect to start the work here at the intersection of Ward and Adams street and work south toward Ward street, with the overall project expected to be finished sometime this fall.

Bidding for the project will end later this month and the city hopes to name a contractor shortly after.

(See "Macomb city officials set sights on fixing city streets")

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