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State to cover road repairs

Officials with the City of Greenville expect to receive more than $200,000 from the Alabama Department of Transportation to cover repairs to Glendale Avenue and County Road 44.

Both roads were damaged by heavy rains during the Christmas holiday and have remained closed for more than a month.

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said rain has slowed down work on both roadways.

“We’re hoping that Glendale will be opened back up next week, middle of next week, and County Road 44 soon after,” McLendon said.

McLendon recently learned that the state will be reimbursing the city for the costs associated with repairing the roads.

The city had planned to seek assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Officials with FEMA had told McLendon and Milton Luckie, superintendent of the Public Works Department for the City of Greenville, met the requirements to receive federal assistance for the repairs. The city had hoped to receive up to 85 percent of the cost to repair the roads.

After an official with the Alabama Department of Transportation recently visited, McLendon learned the city will be reimbursed for 100 percent of the money spent to repair the roads.

“We had called them first because that was an ATRIP road and we thought we might be able to get some money out of them,” McLendon said. “At that time we were told we probably would not. Another gentleman showed up and said we needed to go through them instead of going through FEMA.”

The city is paying Boan Contracting $169,000 to repair Glendale Avenue. McLendon said the cost to repair County Road 44 will be approximately $40,000.

“The state guy came and looked and told us we would be 100 percent reimbursed. That’s is good news,” McLendon said.

The city has been funding the repairs from the capital improvements fund.