S3N traffic patterns to change Monday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 16, 2017

Traffic patterns will change on South Three Notch Street as Phase V of the massive project to rebuild the street begins.

Daniel Wells of CDG Engineers and Associates said Friday that Wiregrass Construction, which won the bid for the project, will begin Phase V on Monday, which involves re-construction of the southbound (outbound) lane of traffic from the railroad tracks to Seegars Street.

“During this phase of construction, the contractor will be utilizing a one-lane traffic pattern for southbound traffic (outbound from the square) only in this area,” Wells said.

Traffic on Baker Street, West Watson Street, Carolina Avenue and Simmons Street will be allowed to turn south (outbound from the Square), but will not be able to travel north, or inbound toward the Square.

Traffic on Baisden and Brooks Street will not be allowed to enter the work zone on South Three Notch.

“It is important to note that the through traffic will be routed on the left side of the road,” Wells said.

Drivers are encouraged to detour and avoid the construction zone if at all possible, he said. The traffic pattern is expected to be in place for the next three to four months.

The project is being managed by the State Department of Transportation.

The State of Alabama awarded Andalusia an $8.6 million ATRIP grant in 2013 for the repairs to the southern entrance to the city. The project required a $2.1 million local match. ATRIP is a program Gov. Robert Bentley designed in which future federal dollars were pledged against a bond issue to fund current projects.

Work on the massive South Three Notch project began the first week of November, and is expected to take approximately a year.