After what was a long autumn for residents who used 7th Street or Cottonwood or E Avenues, the roads are newly repaved and ready for use, as are nearly all of the roads the city intended to pave in Fiscal Year 2008-2009.


"We completed as much as we could," said city spokeswoman Kelly Malloy, "But now that the ground is getting wet, it's better if we hold off until the weather improves."


But there won't be that much left to do once city streets dry out and look likely to remain that way for the next few months. In June, the Hesperia City Council voted to spend $10.6 million on the city's roads and to pave a total of 35.6 miles of road. So far, 35 miles have been paved, although that includes some planned work that wasn't completed in the previous fiscal year.


Residents wondering if their street was on the list can find it on the city's Web site -- www.CityofHesperia.us, clicking on "Departments" and then choosing "Streets" -- but don't expect to see the city's five-year plan laid out there.


"We only release six months at a time, because we would hate to tell people and then not be able to" pave the street on planned schedule, Malloy said.


This is the ninth year of the city's paving program, which has cost the city $60.7 million so far, but has at least partially tamed the city's reputation for rotten roads.


Newly elected Hesperia City Councilman Paul Bosacki, who first came to prominence in 2006 with his Web site, PaveRoadsFirst.com, used to attack what he saw as the city's inadequate efforts to pave city streets. This year, he won a council seat while saying "the city's definitely making an effort."


Still in the works for 2009 is a plan to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Main Street and Rock Springs Road and, maybe, at long last, break ground on the Ranchero Road Underpass.


"This year was a big year" for the project, Malloy said, "because the environmental review was completed on both the state and federal levels. ... So we're able to begin the right of way process."


Meanwhile, even as Hesperia moves closer to digging a tunnel under the BNSF Railroad to turn Ranchero Road into the city's second east-west corridor, the city is proceeding with plans to link it up to Interstate 15: The designs for the planned interchange passed their first environmental review this year as well.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.