Roadwork coming to more roads in Houston County

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Houston County Commission approves the resurfacing of two roads Cumbie Road and Willie Varnum Road.

The money they’ll use is part of the county’s money but most is coming from the federal government.

“The money that we’re getting from the federal government to resurface that road is part of an old federal program that’s going to be expiring pretty soon, but there’s still some money left over,” Houston County Commissioner Brandon Shoupe said. “So, the county taxpayer will only be on the hook for 20% of the funds involved in resurfacing that road. So, we’re going to go ahead and do it now while we got the money.”

Both roads are in rough shape with holes and they need new pavement. Getting this done may require closing the roads for replacing things like cross drains.

“We have to do some work on them,” Houston County Chairman Mark Culver said. “We ask people not just on those, but on other roads we’re having to close roads to replace cross drains on Omusee Road. Particularly, is one that will be closed for several months.”

This repaving project will cost over a million dollars. However, the county only has to spend $237,000 because of federal funds. The commission asks residents to be patient.

“We have to do that work before we can resurface these roads and we ask all of your viewers to pay attention to that and take alternate routes,” Culver said.

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