Road repaving projects underway in Homewood

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HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — Lauren Hackworth has been a Homewood resident for the past two years. Overall, she thinks the roads in Homewood are in pretty good shape. In West Homewood, however, she believes there is room for improvement.

“Good roads are so vital for a community,” said Hackworth. “[It would be nice] to drive down a road and not be like, ‘oh, am I going to mess up my tires?'”

But help for the Homewood roadways has arrived. Wednesday morning, construction crews began the process of repaving roads in the areas of Forest Brook and Oak Grove.

“You should see some of those improvements right away,” said Homewood City Councilor Jennifer Andress of Ward 5. “This is stuff that has been planned and we’ve had to work around a little bit of utility work but we’re ready to go now.”

Andress recognizes that for Homewood residents, the projects will be inconvenient in the short-run. In the long-run, however, the goal is to make the area more livable.

“We know our citizens are very happy when they have nice, smooth roads to drive on,” said Andress. “So, we want to make sure we have their cars in good working order and ensure they don’t get jammed up while driving down roads that are uneven. So, we are smoothing those out for them.”

According to Andress, proceeds generated by the gasoline tax are funding the projects, but that does not include the gas tax hike signed into law earlier this year. Those proceeds, per Andress, will be factored into the budget for the next fiscal year.

For Homewood residents like Lauren Hackworth, the news that road improvements are coming to Homewood is exciting.

“Roads are so important and the more money we can spend on improving our area, the more money we can spend on making our residents comfortable and happy to live here, the better,” said Hackworth.

Homewood Mayor Scott McBrayer tells CBS 42 that West Homewood is just a starting point, and crews will ultimately repave roadways in each district.

All of the projects will be completed within the next three weeks and will cost the city roughly $1.1 million, per Mayor McBrayer.

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