Ann Street Slated For Big Improvements


It’s the topic of many complaints.

“A lady fell in that hole. This has caused problems too. See how that’s just dropping off?” says one neighbor.

Now, the city council is about to consider a road contract that will help repair a seven block stretch.

“I think it’s a great thing and I think it’s about time cause it’s been long overdue,” says Willie Calvin.

“This is the biggest single project that we have for the CIP this year,” says Mayor Stimpson.

It will cover Ann Street from Arlington to Douglas. It’s a stretch where sidewalks could cause hazards and cars have to dodge orange cones marking potholes.

“Ann street been messed up all my life and I’m 59 now!” says Tim Jones.

This will be the second phase of the Ann Street project. The first was along this section in front of Craighead Elementary school.

“I think they’re doing a wonderful job coming out through there. If they bring it through like they did at the school, it’d be wonderful,” says Rochester Smoke.

But some think the money could be better used elsewhere along Ann Street.

“I think they should start at Springhill and work their way back towards Duvall because it’s really torn up down there,” says Javon Loper.

But Mayor says, they’ll try to get there as soon as they can.

“Really there are four more pieces of south Ann that will require another $8.7 million before it’s all complete,” says Stimpson.

But residents say they’ll take what they can get.

“Every improvement is an improvement!” says Loper.

Mayor Stimpson says they are waiting for funding to become available before starting the next four phases for Ann Street.

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