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Mayor’s beat | Fred McCarthy

Residents may notice some road repairs being made over the next few weeks on two main streets in Langley.

The work is scheduled to occur Monday through Friday during September and October.

Activities such as Djangofest, Sept. 18-22; Soap Box Derby, Sept. 21; Farm Tour, Sept. 21-22; and Main Street 5k dog/owner run, Sept. 29, will not be affected.

The first project is on Anthes Avenue. About 1200 feet of roadway will be resurfaced from Sixth to Second Street. The budget for this project is $100,500 of which $75,000 is federal grant money.

The second project involves Camano Avenue. About 2,100 feet of Camano will be surfaced from Sandy Point Avenue to Cascade Avenue. The budget for this project is $139,600 of which $108,800 is federal grant money. Two ADA compliant curb ramps will also be installed.

In total, $240,100 of projects are scheduled, with over 76 percent of the funding coming from federal funds. The city budget was able to cover $56,300.

These paving projects came about as a result of previous and current city involvement in the Island Regional Transportation Policy Organization, or RTPO. Whidbey Island mayors and commissioner representatives of the port districts in Island County, as well as state and local transportation officials, meet on a monthly basis throughout the year and are responsible for the distribution of federal funds for road improvement projects.

For 2013, road maintenance projects were a priority. The RTPO expects to have funding available for the coming year as well, and the city is prepared to apply for this funding during the next budget cycle.

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