McKenzie, Georgiana considering road projects

Published 3:23 pm Friday, August 31, 2012

The Town of McKenzie may soon have a chance to fix more than just the average pothole.

The Alabama Department of Transportation has proposed a program to the town to utilize Phase II of the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Project.

The McKenzie Town Council will have the opportunity to apply for a grant that could fix part or all of the eligible streets within the town, according to Jeremy McMath, project manager with DMD Engineers.

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The grant would be an 80/20 grant, which means 80 percent of funding would come from ALDOT and the remainder from the Town of McKenzie.

The roads eligible in McKenzie include North and South Hartley, Main Street and South Garland.

If the council were to move forward with resurfacing all the roads, the total amount for the 20-percent match would be $114,324.

The eligibility of the road is determined by the amount of traffic traveled on each road.

McMath said the overall project could be narrowed down as much as the town would like depending on costs.

“We can manipulate the project,” McMath said. “That’s a great big number of $114,000 and you can say, ‘We don’t want to ask for that much or that big of a project. We only feel comfortable with a $60,000 match.’ At that point, maybe we would just look at Hartley.”

The application date for the grant is Oct. 5 and a decision will have to be made by the next town council meeting in order to meet the deadline.

The City of Georgiana is also considering applying for ATRIP funds.

McMath said Georgiana’s Mill Street has been divided into three sections that can be worked on individually or can be worked on together.

By developing two options for the street, the Georgiana City Council will have to decide how much money it can invest if the grant were awarded.

The first option would allow for the resurfacing and paving of West Mill Street from the city limits to the bypass, from the bypass to the railroad track and from the railroad track to South Palmer Avenue. The city would be responsible for paying $64,016.

With the second option, the roadwork would happen in the same places, but the project would become more extensive with the section spanning from the bypass to the railroad tracks.

“When you include the bypass, it’s a lot of different widths jumping in and out,” McMath said. “What is being proposed is the possibility of coming in from the bypass to the railroad tracks with an established 24-foot wide curb and gutter with sidewalks that are all uniform.”

The city’s cost for the second option would be $172,857.