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Kinder residents could see better roads by end of year

Last Modified: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:02 PM

By Doris Maricle / American Press

KINDER — Some of the town’s worst streets could soon be repaired.

Mayor Estes LeDoux said the town has nearly $8,000 in its capital improvement budget targeted for street repairs.

“Some streets are just really bad and we can afford to repair or overlay some of them,” he said.

LeDoux asked council members Monday to survey their individual districts and submit a list of those streets which they consider to be in the worst shape.

“Mark down two or three of the worst streets in your district,” he said. “Hopefully we will be able to do two streets out of each district.”

In all, nearly a dozen streets could be repaired and still be under budget, LeDoux said.

“We need to look and see how many streets we can do,” he said. “We want to try to get the worst ones we have now.”

The street improvement project is expected to begin by the end of the year, LeDoux said.

Heavy rainfall kept city crews busy over the weekend, LeDoux said.

Seven streets were temporarily closed due to water.

“Some people couldn’t even get in their yards,” he said.

The problem was not with the town’s drainage, but an “act of nature,” he said.

“We had a lot of rain coming down at one time and backing up in the canals,” LeDoux said. “Our canals were full, but 10 minutes after it quit raining, the water was gone.”

Councilman Lowell Keys said the town got 6 inches of rain over the weekend.

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