Street work ahead of schedule

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The City of Andalusia’s River Falls Street improvement project is ahead of schedule, lead engineer Tim Ramsden reported to both the Andalusia City Council and the Rotary Club yesterday.

Ram-sden said the contractor, Wire-grass Cons-truction, has used 130 of the 210 working days (64 percent) allowed for the project, and expenditures are at $2.36 million of the $3 million bid (74 percent).

“That shows that we are ahead of schedule,” Ramsden, who works with CDG Engineering, said, adding that good weather is needed for the project.

Basically, the underground utility work is done, he said, adding that CenturyLink and Southeast Alabama Gas District have worked with the city to relocate lines to make the project possible.

When it is completed, the street will be curbed, have 3 feet of grass and 5 feet of sidewalk on the right-of-way. All power poles have been removed from the street, and decorative lighting will be added.

As well, entrances to the Covington Mall will be slightly altered and landscaping will be added.