KEYSER - The City of Keyser is beginning to look at which streets will get an asphalt makeover this summer, but officials are warning residents that not all streets that seem needy may get fresh pavement.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The City of Keyser is beginning to look at which streets will get an asphalt makeover this summer, but officials are warning residents that not all streets that seem needy may get fresh pavement.
Keyser City Council member Terry Liller said Wednesday the city will have to prioritize which streets are neediest, and they will be chosen based on such criteria as wear and use and available funds.
“We always have more paving to do than we can do,” he said, noting that “there will be some at the end of the season that we don’t get to that people will think we should have gotten.”
Earlier this week, city clerk Brandi Paugh had submitted a letter to the editor explaining the process.
“The primary rules we follow to evaluate or prioritize jobs are overall condition of the street and amount of traffic or use the street experiences,” she wrote. “That means there will be some streets that are in rough shape but are light use, and subsequently will not be paved this year.  
“In those cases we will do patch work to delay full paving.”
According to Paugh, Keyser has approximately 27 miles of paved streets that are paved and limited resources sometimes do not allow them to upgrade for them all at once.
Liller said he felt the city’s biggest paving job this summer will be Davis Street, which he called “probably one of the busiest streets in town.”
Davis Street must be milled down before it is paved, however, and that may require the city to contract the job out as opposed to having city crews do the work.
Paugh said as the paving projects begin, homeowners on the affected streets will be notified of the impending work.
Anyone who would like to add a street to the evaluation list for paving should call or stop by City Hall.