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Crisfield Receives Funding to Resurface Roadways

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A Crisfield roadway set for repaving (Photo: WBOC) A Crisfield roadway set for repaving (Photo: WBOC)

CRISFIELD, Md.-The City of Crisfield received a new grant to repair roadways damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Councilman Eric Emily said the $1.2 million grant will be used to repave several roadways, but not all damaged roads will be eligible for repair.

According to Emily, out of the 63 roadways in Crisfield, the Sandy funding will only cover resurfacing for half of those streets due to restrictions attached to the grant. 

Wynfall Avenue is one of the streets eligible for repair. Neighbors along the pothole filled road are glad to hear more help is finally coming. 

"I feel like it's really needed, because it's a lot of bumps and cracks in the road and you have to really go slow so that way you don't ruin the alignment of your car or anything like that," Trish Goins said. "It's really a main road even though it's not the strip." Goins' grandfather lives on Wynfall Avenue.

City officials are looking into other ways to have the additional streets not eligible under the grant repaired. 

"Our mayor brought up a great point of the city probably having to step up now and borrow some additional funding to possibly get 10 more roads paved; some of these roads haven't been paved ever," Emily said.

The loan amount needed to fix those additional 10 roads would be between $500,000 and $850,00. Emily said not every council member agrees with taking out a loan, but the majority are in favor.

Emily stressed that all council members agreed the borrowed money will not come at the expense of tax increases to residents. Emily said there are budget cuts that can be made in areas to cover the cost of the loan.

Road crews are expected to start work on the roadways within the next 30 days. The repaving project is expected to be complete by July according to Emily. 

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