Greenville planning major paving project

Published 2:20 pm Friday, April 1, 2016

The City of Greenville expects to spend approximately $600,000 paving streets throughout the city beginning in May. (File Photo)

The City of Greenville expects to spend approximately $600,000 paving streets throughout the city beginning in May. (File Photo)

A major paving project in the City of Greenville is expected to begin in May.

Mayor Dexter McLendon said the city will spend in the neighborhood of $611,000 on resurfacing streets in the city.

“This is going to be big,” McLendon said. “Combined with ATRIP, it’s the biggest paving project we’ve done.”

The Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) uses future federal dollars to pay for road and bridge projects that are needed immediately. The program, which was announced in 2012, is the largest road and bridge improvement program in Alabama’s history.

Nearly $2.2 million worth of projects in Greenville will be funded with ATRIP money, including North Conecuh Street, Airport Road, Glendale Avenue and Hickory Street. South Conecuh Street has already been paved as part of ATRIP.

Only major collector roads, or roadways which serve 500 vehicles a day, and bridges qualify for the funding through ATRIP, and city and county governments must provide a 20 percent match for approved projects.

McLendon said Milton Luckie, superintendent of the Greenville Public Works Department, has presented the city council with a list of streets with the greatest need for resurfacing to be included in the city’s upcoming paving project. On Monday, the council approved a resolution authorizing the letting of bids using the list.

Streets being considered include Manningham Road, Gamble Street, Pinedale, Oliver Street, Stanfield Street, Dunklin Street, Academy Drive, Linda Avenue, Thames Street, Shady Ridge, Lake Drive, Bell Lane, World Street, Roosevelt Street, South Park Street, Lincoln Street, Carver Circle, Frost Street and Rhodes Road.

In 2012, the city spent $613,000 paving Herbert Street, Field Street, Winkler Street, Cunningham Street, Fort Dale Street, Terrell Street, Cloverdale Road, Springwood Drive, First Street, Second Street and School Highland Road.

McLendon said that he expects the work to begin near the end of May.