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Winnsboro Mayor Jack Hammons said work is wrapping up on the first phase of a ten-year plan to overlay Winnsboro streets.
Taxpayers approved a dedicated sales tax to pay for the $6-million project in 2007.
Phase one is nearing completion, and there is added cause for celebration this year, Hammons said.
The plan calls for overlaying all public roads in Winnsboro in five phases spread over ten years. Not included in resurfacing plans are the Industrial Road, Ballpark Road or alleyways.
"This year, we are actually doing twice as many streets than we thought we'd be able to because we got grants," Hammons said.
He said the state approved a community development block grant, which effectively doubled the $600,000 in tax revenues slated for the project.
Winnsboro is pursuing additional grants to pay for resurfacing those roads not covered by the sales tax.
Though primary work is wrapping up on the first phase, Hammons said he expected work to begin on "several more streets" in coming months.
When the project is completed in 2018, virtually all city streets will have been resurfaced with sidewalks repaired or installed as needed.