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New Albany industrial park roads getting lots of attention

New Albany residents often complain about the need for better street maintenance.  And Mayor Doug England says improving streets is one of his top priorities of his new administration.  But why are industrial park roads getting all the attention? 

New Albany has four industrial parks and they are basically built out and some tenants who need more space have left town.  So, as the city scrambles to ready some new land for industrial development, it hopes to keep current tenants happy by offering better business park streets.

Earnings Way in the North Industrial Park is a dusty mess right now.  It has been readied for resurfacing but there's no asphalt as of yet.

Besides patching, Deputy Mayor Carl Malysz says New Albany's industrial park streets have gotten very little attention since the days they were built in the mid-70's and early 80's.  That's why progress on this project is slowgoing.

Before roads can be paved, lots of drainage work needs to be done.  In addition, whole sections of badly damaged streets need be torn out and replaced.  But city officials say, by late November industrial park workers and users will see a big improvement.

While industrial parks are the current focus, Mayor Doug England wants to tackle city streets next year.  He says New Albany gets only about $400,000 a year for street improvements.

He is proposing an $8-million bond issue to create funds to "catch up" after years of falling behind on street repair and resurfacing.

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