Cassada reported some of Drew's worst streets will soon be repaved, a promising sign for a town facing extensive wear-and-tear on a majority of its streets.
"The project is a done deal," said Cassada. "We are waiting on the office of State Aid (of the Mississippi Department of Transportation) to issue the notice to proceed for construction. We should get it this week."
Stacey Street, Maxwell Avenue and a portion of Gertrude Avenue will be repaved.
According to Cassada, the project has a total cost of $250,000, with $200,000 covered in grant money from Federal High-Priority Project (earmark) funding.
"The city of Drew has already sent the remaining $50,000 to a state account, so the money is set to go," added Cassada.
"Cities are always trying to find federal funding, and in this case it's an 80-20 match — which is very good for the city of Drew."
Once the notice to proceed is granted, construction should begin within 30 days of its issue.
The contractor for the job will be Double S., Inc. from Grenada.
Cassada said Main Street was originally in the repair plans, but because of the width of the street the costs became too high.
"Main Street came out over budget which is a shame. The City of Drew has done a lot of great work restoring the shops downtown, but the road itself is horrible.
"Somehow or another we'll have to do Main Street. Anytime you go through federal funds it takes forever, but it's good that we're finally beginning the process."
Depending on weather and the contractor's schedule, Cassada said paving on the three streets might be completed before the year is over.