Beginning in 2010, the City of Augusta began a series of projects to resurface 7th St. from east of the railroad overpass west to Dike Rd.
The governing body recently restructured the agreement with the state that uses state money to help fund the project. Three sections of the work have already been completed.
The final phases of the project are expected to be bid in the Spring of 2015.
The state will pay 93 percent of the costs up to $1 million.
The city will have $170,000 in capital funds allocated for the project after this budget year. With the change to the agreement, the total costs to the city expected to be about $157,000.
The City Council also got good news on the South Ohio St. project.
The city is investigating expanding and resurfacing South Ohio Street from the new intersection at Kelly Ave. south to Main St.
Estimates for the project have been more than $3 million for the entire three-lane project.
But with an exchange of federal highway funds, the city can repay a KDOT loan over the course of the next dozen years.
With the money from the federal government and the money already in the fund to cover costs of this project, the impact on city taxpayers will be minimal.
Doing both of these major projects in larger sections will also save on startup costs from contractors.