The city is working to resurface Aurora Avenue, Eagle Street and Shuman Boulevard this summer. City officials say they are saving money by doing the work a year early after a brutal winter that damaged roads beyond normal repairs. City Engineer Bill Novak said Wednesday that "the cost of asphalt is skyrocketing, and we don't see the trend changing next year or anytime in the future." Novak said the city decided to forgo the patchwork that was planned for Aurora Aveneu and begin resurfacing the street along with medians -- both of which were planned for 2009.
What do you think of the work under way on our streets? As columnist Tim West wrote in a column this week, with the downturn in the economy, it might not be the best time to beautify our roads. But then again, maybe we should just count our blessings.