Town's deplorable streets need repair

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Unless the town receives outside assistance, motorists will continue to drive on cracked and crumbling city streets.

State Powell Aid monies currently fund street repair. The town receives two $60,000 checks.

According to Town Manager Jammie Royall, the approximate cost to resurface a street is $100,000.

Mount Olive has 33 miles of paved streets.

“What they really need is resurfacing and every time we do underground work, it causes more street damage,” Royall said. “I don’t know what the answer is, but I don’t think $3 million would be enough to bring our streets back up to where they need to be.”

Months ago, local-elected officials and administrators met with Rep. John Bell (R-Wayne) in Raleigh. The groups discussed grant opportunities and Bell said he’d look into funding to repair the streets.

Royall feels good about Bell’s intentions.

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