Bids let for $200K+ paving project

Published 11:55 pm Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Andalusia City Council on Tuesday took the first steps toward a resurfacing project planned for later this year when members voted to let bids paving.

“We have been talking about a resurfacing project of some of the streets in town for several months,” Mayor Earl Johnson said. “We have asked the manager of our public works department to provide us a list of streets that were in the most need of repair, and he has done that,” Johnson said. “There area eight of those streets on this list, with the approximate costs.”

The planned project, expected to cost more than $200,000, includes:

• South Cotton Street from Feagin Avenue to Whatley Street, estimated to cost $152,000.

• South Cotton Street from West Watson to the railroad tracks, expected to cost $20,000.

• Elm Street from the bypass to East Pass Road, estimated at $10,000.

• An overlay of some potholes on Through Street at Adams Avenue, expected to cost $5,000.

• An overlay of potholes at Hillcrest Drive and Snowden, expected to cost $5,000.

• Packer Avenue from Madison Street to Thweatt Street, expected to cost $23,000.

• Old Antioch Road from the bypass to Sutton Road, expected to cost $45,000.

• Hillcrest Drive from the bypass to county yard. The planned method of upgrade is for the city to provide the materials and county crews to apply them. The projected cost is $30,000.

Council members said there would be additional streets added to the call for bids, and that those would be listed as alternatives. The scope of the

Johnson said the city has about $310,000 in its gasoline tax funds that can be used only for transportation issues.

In other business, the council:

• Decided not to pursue grants for another sidewalk project in 2016. There are already two sidewalk projects in the works, thanks to state grant funding.

• Added its blessings to a lease agreement between the Industrial Development Board and StrongSteel of Alabama LLC. The IDB approved the lease in December.