As the city of Central continues to grow, some much need upgrades will coming over the next several years.
Almost $115 million have been secured in state and federal funding that will go toward eight major projects in the city.
Two of those projects include widening Hooper Road to install new sewer lines. That project will cost nearly $13 million.
$4 million will be available through the state over the next several years for drainage improvements in Central on local drainage channels.
Central was one of the areas hit during the 2016 flood and Mayor David Barrow sees flood control being more manageable.
One of the major issues right now in the area is traffic.
“One of the things we need to make sure that we have our infrastructure in place before we grow too big. Most of our major roads around here are still two lane roadways. If you ride around here during peak time, you see the congestion. We don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We want to make sure we get our infrastructure,” says Barrow.
Mayor Barrow says some projects can start within the next year, but some are multi-year projects that have to go through planning and bidding process.