City streets get long overdue priority treatment

Gas utility UGI is beginning its milling of several streets in Williamsport where new gas lines were installed and patching was done before winter last fall.

And permanent paving will follow in the next couple weeks.

Those words are music to the ears of city residents who have been dealing with deteriorating streets since the utility cuts began in the past couple of years.

Additionally, at least 15 city streets where potholes have taken over are targeted for repair after the city Streets and Parks Department finishes its spring residential yard waste cleanup.

Acknowledging the complaints of residents, Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana singled out the street repairs as a priority. That was refreshing news, too, as many residents have expressed the feeling that the streets in their neighborhoods were being forgotten.

For what residents pay in local taxes, that must never happen.

Similar situations exist in other municipalities, most notably South Williamsport and DuBoistown, and we hope a similar turn for the better will develop this spring and summer.

People pay taxes in large part on the premise that they will be protected and will have at least an adequate infrastructure where they live.

The condition of local streets should always be a priority.

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