Mayor Bruce Hopkins has been very vocal about his goal to underground utilities in Ruston. It's a costly proposition, but the council has expressed agreement. With the current budget running at a deficit, everyone agrees the full project will have to wait.
In the meantime, Hopkins has his staff working on plans to accomplish the task (priority areas, preliminary engineering, etc.) - which may lay the ground work for grant applications. And smaller sections of line are going underground whenever finances or other work create an opportunity. One such small section at Commercial and Winnifred is just about complete. Baltimore Street from Commercial to N. 49th was completed late last year. Folks in the area get a preview of the enhanced views that will eventually be seen all over town.