Andalusia wants to improve Prestwood Bridge Road; Opp has plans, too

Published 1:21 am Wednesday, March 20, 2013

If Andalusia’s luck securing ATRIP funding holds for the third round, Prestwood Bridge Road will be widened and resurfaced.

And if the city could be fortunate enough to also receive grant funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), a sidewalk will be extended from Dunson Street to the bypass, around the block to the Cooper Pool, and out Prestwood Bridge Road to Blueberry Hill, recently renamed Rosewood Lane.

The Andalusia City Council voted to pursue funding for the projects, which would total $605,000 for the paving and $524,000 for the sidewalks, after hearing a presentation from Jeremy McMath of DMD Engineers. The city would only be required to pay 20 percent of the project cost if the grant applications were approved.

McMath and DMD also are working with the City of Opp to secure ATRIP funding for improvements to Jeffcoat Avenue and Wilson Street, which would include new curbing, paving, and sidewalks from Main Street to Spurlin. McMath also proposed paving Wilson Street from Jeffcoat Street to Old Elba Road.

McMath estimated the cost of the Jeffcoat project to cost $323,608, with the city’s portion being $85,411.60, and the cost of the Wilson paving $31,208. The city would be responsible for $8,641.60.

Emily Waters of the Southeast Alabama Region Planning and Development Commission presented Opp with a proposal to seek a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to rehab the sewerage on Barnes Street.

Waters said the grant could be from $350,000 to $400,000 depending on how much sequestration cuts from the fund. Opp’s match would be 10 percent.

Council members agreed to consider the projects.