Red Level stadium project to start next week

Published 9:24 am Saturday, June 10, 2017

Red Level’s stadium renovation project is expected to get under way next week, Red Level Mayor Willie J. Hendrix said Friday.

In November, then-Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley awarded the town of Red Level a $240,000 Community Development Block Grant.

That grant is going to be used to make Red Level High School’s Bobby Dye Stadium more handicap accessible.

In November, Mayor Hendrix said that the stadium’s lack of parking and handicap accessibility made it far too hard for the elderly and handicapped to attend Red Level football games.

The contract for the renovations was awarded to Andalusia’s Alabama Road Contracting Services (ARCS).

Hendrix said that ARCS will get under way with their construction this coming week and the projected completion date is Aug. 1.

“We’re really trying to have it all done before football season gets started,” he said.

Currently there are very few handicap parking spaces at Bobby Dye Stadium’s already cramped parking lot, and handicap accessibility is minimal at best.

ARCS will add handicap parking spots as well as make the restrooms on the home side handicap accessible. There will also be a new section of bleachers added to accommodate the handicapped and a new five-foot walkway that stretches from the end of the bleachers to the visitor side.

“Everybody is excited about it, from the school to the people in the community and to myself and the council,” Hendrix said. “It’s a really good thing for the school and the community.”