Improvements under way along Highland Avenue
by James Phillips
Jun 18, 2013 | 7184 views | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An improvement project on Highland Avenue began Monday. Jasper Public Works Director Joe Matthews said new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, as well as drainage boxes will be installed along the roadway. – Photo by: James Phillips.
An improvement project on Highland Avenue began Monday. Jasper Public Works Director Joe Matthews said new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, as well as drainage boxes will be installed along the roadway. – Photo by: James Phillips.
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Members of the Jasper Public Works Department began work Monday on an improvement project along a portion of Highland Avenue.

Public Works Director Joe Matthews said portions of the street were closed to start the project, which he expects will take around two weeks to complete.

Sidewalks and drainage boxes in the area are being replaced to allow for better drainage, Matthews said.

“We’ve had some complaints in that area about the drainage,” he said. “This will put in new curbs and gutters that will get the water out of there.”

Matthews said the sidewalks along the road were also in rough shape.

“There is a lot of foot traffic on that road coming to the high school from the Frisco community,” he said. “This will replace the sidewalks, and the kids will not have to get into the road at any point.”

The project along Highland Avenue is funded by the city.

“This is one of our own and being done with our people,” he said. “Mayor Sonny Posey and Council member Sandi Sudduth are contributing some of their discretionary funds to help pay for some concrete.”

Matthews said work in the area should be completed by Independence Day weekend.