Paving set near Feagin project

Published 11:54 pm Monday, April 21, 2014

The streets affected by a recent water and sewerage improvement project are about to get a facelift, as are neighboring streets.

The Andalusia City Council agreed in a special called meeting Monday to exercise an alternate bid in the Feagin Avenue project that allows the city to also pave portions of Beatrice, Whatley, Carnell and South Cotton Streets, as well as Lowe and Feagin Avenues.

The additional paving will cost $130,000, and funds will come from the city’s gasoline tax fund, which currently has a $345,000 balance. Under law, these funds can only be used for transportation projects.

“As someone pointed out earlier today, asphalt prices have gone up,” Mayor Earl Johnson said. “It won’t us impact on this bid, but we will get a lot of bang for our buck (from this bid) with respect to what the cost of asphalt is now.

Councilman Will Sconiers was pleased to make the motion.

“I’ve been taking a lot of flack from people in the neighborhood who think we are going to leave it like it is,” he said of the streets where improvements have been made. “