HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – People who work in Huntington are now seeing the payoff of that recent $1 increase in the user fee.
Crews began paving 6th Avenue from 9 1/2 to 13th Street Thursday afternoon.
About $800,000 of the fee increase is being used to pave streets in Huntington. Other monies from the increase are going towards hiring additional police officers. Three new officers were sworn-in Thursday afternoon.
Some 30 paving projects are on the list. Also on Thursday, crews began work on an area along Arlington Boulevard from Larkspur Drive to Route 60.
In an effort to stretch the paving dollar, the City is collaborating with the West Virginia Division of Highways, Blacktop Industries, and American Asphalt and Aggregates
"it would be impractical to do this work internally, without a major staffing increase," said Dr. Wayne Pollard, Public Works Director. "This is the first time that City administrators have partnered with the state Division of Highways. This collaboration has allowed the taxpayers to see more paving for their tax dollars."
Earlier this year, the user fee went from $2 to $3.