Commuters driving down A Street in Altus from Main Street to Park Avenue will undoubtedly have noticed that the street has seen better days. Part chipped concrete, patchy pavement and dusty rock, the street that carries traffic from both residential drivers and commuters going to and from Altus High School has its ups and downs.
While the road isn’t in the best shape, Streets Director Chad Osborne is excited about this work in progress.
Osborne explains that A Street was originally a concrete street that was weathered and worn down over time due in part to an old problem with water drainage. Water collecting beneath the concrete caused the concrete to crumble and created potholes that were only patched over.
According to Osborne, the City of Altus undertook a project to move the city’s water lines further from the streets to improve the way heavy rainfall drains, thereby minimizing the potholes formed from water.
While A Street’s dusty patches give it an unfinished appearance, it serves the purpose to fill in potholes that were once only patched to bring the entire street to the same level. Once it is paved over, the potholes that kept resurfacing will not be an issue and the street will offer commuters a smooth drive.
But the City of Altus Streets Department cannot contract out for the remaining work to be done without the approval of the City Council.
In the meantime, drivers and residents are curious to know when the street will be improved.
“I look at it as a good sign when someone is upset about the street conditions,” Chad Osborne said. ‘To me it means that there is more construction going on in Altus than there has been in a long time, and people are noticing that we’re making progress.”
At the same time, the Streets Department and Jackson County are working together to repave Carver Road using only personnel on staff, pulling the resources of both entities to get the project completed.
Osborne hopes to present his request to the City Council at the next regular meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. August 15 at the City of Altus Municipal Complex.
Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.