“The project is about three weeks away from completion,” said Gary Smith, Alabama Department of Transportation District 2 Third Division manager.
Smith said the project includes repaving U.S. 231 from the Interstate 20 interchange to Alabama 34. The contract amount is $1.422 million and McCartney Construction is performing the work.
“They are done with most of the project,” he said.
Smith said the paving was completed Friday.
“The asphalt must cure for two weeks before they can complete the final striping,” he said.
Smith said the final striping, which includes school crossings, turn arrows and more, and also putting in the reflectors, should take approximately one week to complete.
“There is some regular cleanup associated with the concrete work, and the asphalt work, but that can hopefully be done while the asphalt is curing,” he said.
Smith said the repaving project has gone quite smoothly.
“They began in March replacing the handicapped access ramps for sidewalks at the handicapped crosswalks, then began paving in April,” he said. “The whole project should be completed by mid-June.”
Smith said there are no other ALDOT projects in the Pell City area to be let for bid or scheduled to begin in the near future.
Pell City Police Chief Greg Turley said the repaving project has gone smoothly so far.
“Typically, traffic was slowed during peak times, but we made out OK,” he said. “I didn’t hear of any increased accidents due to road work.”
Turley said he does not foresee any problems as the project is completed.
“The DOT does great in that area, and drivers slow down and use caution when they are out there,” he said. “They just use a common sense approach to it.”
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