Belmont County commissioners have allotted $1.1 million for spring road paving, working to correct a huge pot hole dilemma within the county.
In a regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, commissioners voted to set aside the funds, but told community members the funds will only pay for about 11.6 miles. The cost per mile is $100,000.
Commissioners said they know the roads are in horrible shape, especially Willow Grove Road, so they have a five year plan to follow this first round of paving.
“What we are trying to do is put together a paving project program for the county,” said commissioner Matt Coffland. “Someone will be first, someone will be last, but you are on the list to get these roads paved.”
Right now money is being taken out of the general fund, which is ordinarily not used for paving. The paving funds however, come from a pool of money that is shrinking.
All options are being considered.
“I think in discussions with our county engineer, I think we can take a look at doing more patching and potentially spot paving later on this year,” said commissioner Mark Thomas. “That will help significantly improve the roads.”