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City Council approves reconstruction for 20 Lufkin streets

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From cracks, to potholes, failures on the road means some reconstruction on 20 Lufkin streets.

Tuesday night the city council approved the 2014 Street Reconstruction Program.

 "Based on the amount of failure in the street, pot holes, horizontal longitudinal cracking, rutting," said Keith Wright, Deputy City Manager

The streets of Lufkin were walked by city staff and distresses on the roads were recorded into the pavement management program. The program then determines a pavement condition index number for each street.

 "That pavement condition index is from zero to 100, zero being the worst 100 best and we target streets 55 and below," said Wright.

With an index number of nine Mott Road was in the worst condition and the average index number of roads is 36.

Deputy City Manager says the budget for the program was $600,000 and $400,000 was divided among six city wards.

 "We prioritize those based on working with the council member in that ward the amount of traffic they have, those types of issues. Its typically two, three or four streets per ward that we're looking at," said Wright.

The other $200,000 was set aside to address some issues on Angelina Street but Wright says the extra money may help offset the city's sales tax problem.

 "We may want to hold that money and address Angelina Street at a later time to overcome some of our losses due to sales tax, right now its six percent below what it was last year," said Wright

The reconstruction is set to start in early spring ,when the weather is warmer and city officials hope to have everything completed by September.

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