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When will Chapel Way be paved?

Ken Little
Traffic barricade

Budget shortfalls have resulted in decreased funding.

The city has made some improvements to the gravel roadway in the past, “but pavement of Chapel Way is not scheduled at this time,” city of Wilmington spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.

Ongoing budget shortfalls over the last four years have “resulted in significant reductions in funding for street paving, repaving and repairs, among other services,” she said “The city has managed to start putting some additional funding back into street repairs and paving for the last two fiscal years, but still faces much greater needs and demands for services than there is available funding to provide.”

This year, Fiscal Year 2011-12, which began July 1, funding for street repairs was increased to $1 million That’s $250,000 more than what was in last year’s budget, Talbert said.

“The increased needs and ongoing shortfalls have prompted the city to reassess how street paving and repaving projects are prioritized. Instead of focusing resources on one area of the city each year as has been done in the past, the city will be focusing funding and manpower on major thoroughfares (and) streets with larger traffic volumes,” she said.

The policy change is being made “to make sure limited funding is being spent where it has the greatest impact to the largest number of people,” Talbert said.

To further ensure limited dollars are used as efficiently as possible, the city will conduct a review of the condition of all the city streets, identify those in greatest need of repair, and then prioritize use “of the limited dollars available” accordingly, she said.

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