“It’s the number one complaint we get in Dothan—congestion on the Circle,” said Mayor Mike Schmitz.
The improvements will be on a 2.6 mile stretch of roadway between U.S. 231 north and Bauman Drive. The project will add two lanes to the current four lane state maintained highway to help deal with growth and safety issues.
The proposal calls for a traffic scheme similar to the one implemented with recent construction on Montgomery Highway. There will be few access roads but safer median crossing according to Joseph M. Griffin of the Alabama Department of Transportation.
“What we finally came up with is the most efficient and economical way we could do it,” said Griffin. The price tag is estimated at $40-million with federal funding paying about 80% of the costs.
While preliminary work is already underway Griffin said it will likely be 2016 or 2017 before actual construction begins. “We’ve got to buy the right away and we’ve got to move utilities. There’s not a lot of right of way but there are a lot of utilities,” Griffin said.