In 2004, the City of Wood River purchased its own paving equipment.  In the years since, the purchase has resulted in about 33.5 miles of newly paved roads in the city. That equipment is back in use, as the paving program got started Wednesday.

Public Services Director Steve Palen tells The Big Z they are gaining ground on the plan to eliminate all oil and chip streets in the city.

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This year’s project includes Harnett, Manning, Van Preter, and Park Avenue from State St. to Old St. Louis Road, all of Metzger Avenue, Whitelaw Avenue from Edwardsville Road to the City limits with East Alton, and finish the program on Lorena from Whitelaw to 4th Street. This project is set to last approximately 3-5 weeks.

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