The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Progress 2012

February 29, 2012

City, county shore up road projects

— Maintaining Limestone County’s highways and streets is a joint effort between the state, county and city, and officials have several road projects lined up for 2012.

One project of importance to the city of Athens is the repaving of Nuclear Plant Road, long seen as an unsafe thoroughfare full of potholes and ruts. That project finally got under way in February as workers first began replacing drainage tiles from U.S. 31 to Drennen Drive.

Crews worked this week near the intersection of Lucas Ferry Road, and Public Works Superintendent James Rich said work will continue to move west.

The city and Limestone County Commission received a $1.1 million industrial access grant last year from the Alabama Department of Transportation to make improvements to the road, which is the main route to and from Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. The road has not been paved since the 1970s.

The city and county are each allocating $250,000 toward the project, and part of that money is funding the drainage improvements. Morell Engineering surveyed the road and is doing the design work for paving and striping. The plan is to bid that part of the project in March.

Rich said other paving projects on the city’s radar include the paving of Lindsay Lane from Mayflower Court to just north of Pepper Road. He said that project could be let for bid within the next few weeks.

In October, the Athens City Council approved $200,000 for the road improvements that will also include paving from U.S. 72 north to Pepper Road and the installation of a new turn lane.

Lindsay Lane south will also receive improvements between Indian Trace and Strain Road, Rich said.

County Roads

Work continued this week on the resurfacing of Mooresville Road from U.S. 72 north to Copeland Road. In January, the Limestone County Commission approved a plant mix resurfacing project in the amount of $73,885 for a little more than a half-mile of Mooresville Road from U.S. 72 to Capshaw Road.

The commission also approved a plant mix resurfacing in the amount of $155,184 for more than 1 mile of Mooresville Road from Barksdale to Copeland roads. Work on those projects is ongoing.

District 2 Commissioner Gerald Barksdale said the work is being performed by Keenum Construction and should continue for another two to three weeks. The resurfacing portion is completed, for the most part, but crews have to complete striping and shoulder work.

County commissioners have several other road projects in mind, but will wait until spring to decide what roads need the most attention.

“We’ll have some (projects) this summer, but we haven’t figured them all out yet,” said District 4 Commissioner Bill Daws. “We usually schedule the summer projects in the spring and we’ll ride around and see which ones we’ll hit with plant mix.”

District 3 Commissioner Bill Latimer said workers in his district are continuing to patch potholes, though Ham and Stanford roads may require more attention.

“We paved Ham Road, but it was done too late and had gotten too cool,” he said. “Stanford will be more than likely a full reclamation project.”

Other projects on the county’s radar include a resurfacing of Upper Fort Hampton Road from Alabama 127 to Sandlin Road. The county plans to apply for Federal Aid Surface Transportation Funds for the project, but it won’t be completed until 2013.

The county also plans to apply for federal funds to resurface Mooresville Road from Thach to Sweet Springs roads, but the project will also be completed in the 2013 budget year.

 

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