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Magnolia street project won't cost taxpayers

BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel

A five million dollar project to repair a busy road won't cost Beaumont taxpayers a cent.
A grant will cover the bill for reconstructing a large section of magnolia avenue.
The goal is to create a smoother ride for drivers.

It's a bumpy ride on this stretch of road Magnolia Avenue toward Interstate Ten

"I've seen some streets that were worse, but this being a main thorough fare, it's bad," Alvin Leday, the Owner of Street Front End Service says. 

He says the uneven road has brought him business for the past 20 years.

"There's potholes in the road, you're going to have some stress in the cars," Leday says. 

Now the city is paying attention to the potholes.

The city council approved the reconstruction of a portion of Magnolia from East Lucas to Gill.

Workers will widen sidewalks and fix sewers and drainage.

"I certainly appreciate all the work you've done to get us to this point, I'm truly happy to see us moving forward with that," city councilman Audwin Samuel says. 

cracks on magnolia avenue are what's going to be fixed. It's going to cost about 5 million dollars but tax payers are happy to know it will be paid for through grant money.

"It's about time, yes it is, it's about time," Leday says.

Repairs now on the calendar from hurricane Ike this man  says were a long time coming.

"It'll be nice if it was going from Lucas to I-10, but any little bit helps," Leday said. 

The project will take about a year. A company from Houston is doing the work.


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