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Domino’s Pizza promotion pays $5K for paving in Parkersburg

A section of pavement repaired with fresh asphalt, paid for by Domino’s as part of its Paving for Pizza promotion, is shown Wednesday in the 1900 block of Camden Avenue in Parkersburg. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG — Joel Gant didn’t think much of it when he saw a city crew fixing a crumbled square of pavement on Camden Avenue a week or so ago.

But when he crossed that street on his lunch break this week, something about it caught his attention — a Domino’s Pizza logo.

That slice of road is one of four for which the national pizza chain has footed the bill to repair, fulfilling an agreement approved by Parkersburg City Council in December to participate in the company’s Paving for Pizza program. According to pavingforpizza.com, the company has pledged to pave roads in all 50 states to create smoother rides for pizza pickup and delivery.

“I thought it was a pretty good idea,” Gant said. “It’s good marketing.”

And did it make him crave some pizza?

A damaged section of Plum Street in Parkersburg is shown on Aug. 8, prior to being repaired with funds provided by Domino’s Paving for Pizza program. (Photo provided by the City of Parkersburg)

“It kind of does,” he said with a laugh. “I like Domino’s anyway.”

Parkersburg was nominated by residents to participate in the promotion, and Domino’s provided $5,000 to purchase materials. Members of the city Street Department have been patching the segments “as time permitted and jobs permitted,” Public Works Director Everett Shears said.

“Anytime you can get any kind of free money to help offset some costs, that’s a good thing,” he said.

The Street Department identified rough sections of road, with a goal of avoiding areas that will be addressed in the city’s ongoing paving project, Shears said.

So far, Domino’s money has paid for new asphalt on Camden Avenue near Division Street and in the 1900 block, in the 2200 block of Hampton Street and on Plum Street in front of Jefferson Elementary Center. Shears said there’s enough money left to address a few more spots.

A City of Parkersburg employee digs up a damaged section of Plum Street in front of Jefferson Elementary Center on Aug. 8. The city provided the labor and Domino’s the material as part of the national chain’s Paving for Pizza program. (Photo provided by the City of Parkersburg)

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com

The repaved section of Plum Street in Parkersburg is shown on Aug. 8 after repairs made by city personnel with materials paid for by Domino’s as part of the company’s Paving for Pizza program. (Photo provided by the City of Parkersburg)

This patch of Camden Avenue near Division Street was repaired by Parkersburg personnel with material paid for by Domino’s as part of its Paving for Pizza promotion. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

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