Road repair. It's one of the less sexy aspects of municipal governance. And Southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods will be seeing a lot of it.
In fact, the city will be paving or repairing over 70 miles—about the distance from downtown Minneapolis to Menomonie, Wisconsin—of roadway this year. However, most of that is concentrated in scores of side streets, rather than high-visibility items like the . Wednesday morning, the Minneapolis City Council approved the next step in a project that would revamp around half the streets in Armatage.
Armatage's roads haven't been paved since the early 1980s, according to the city. In that time, they've racked up a $1.1 million repair bill. While residents will pay a little under $840,000 of that process through road, the city will chip in a little over $260,000 of its own money.
Want to know why and how the city is charging you for road repair? from local businessman and community organizer Matt Perry.
Linden Hills' roads to get a facelift this summer, as Patch reported earlier this year. A complete map of the city's 2012 road construction projects is posted at right.