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Road Work Will Mean Smoother Ride in Big Spring

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

Big Spring drivers are no stranger to a bumpy ride. City streets are in need of re-paving, but in the midst of getting a plan in place, city leaders got a surprise.

Big Spring officials set aside some money for road construction, but received a bid for $1 1/2 million less than what engineers estimated.

"The surprise element was pretty overwhelming, quite frankly," Mayor Russ McEwen said.

"The market has come down," Jake Whitehead, Project Superintendent, Price Construction said. "Fuel prices have come down, asphalts have come down, and it's brought some projects back to life."

Not only will it be a smoother ride around Big Spring, but this new project will also create and maintain local jobs.

"We'll be bringing in new people, hiring new folks," Whitehead said.

Price Construction will repair the four main roads including Main Street and Scurry: two of the most damaged roadways. The Big Spring construction company plans to get started mid March, bringing with them 60 new jobs.

"We're going to be able to keep people at work," Mayor McEwen said. "Price Construction is a local contractor and we're just thrilled that they got the bid because we like to keep our dollars in Big Spring."

The city is also planning to widen sidewalks making it easier for handicapped neighbors to get around.

"By the time we get through, it's going to be nice," Whitehead said. "I think a lot of businesses will come back. Local shops will come back open. It will attract more folks down this way."

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