County to spend $3.3M to improve roads

Published 5:57 pm Friday, September 25, 2020

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Crenshaw County will soon embark on a massive paving project.

The county commission gave the nod to County Engineer Benji Sanders’ Crenshaw County Safer-off-System Road Improvement Plan.

Sanders’ plan will utilize existing county funds and future county revenues to accelerate the delivery of road improvements on existing county maintained paved roads.

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The county will spend $3.325 million in road improvements over 30 miles of county-maintained roads by the end of next year.

Sanders said the plan will be divided into two phases.

Phase I:

• Will utilize about $825,000 in existing county fund balances to resurface approximately seven miles of county roads utilizing current in-place annual public works bids;

Phase II:

• Will utilize future county revenues that have been freed up by the Rebuild Alabama Act to service a 10-year loan of $2.5 million. These funs will be used to resurface some 23 miles of county roads by the end of 2021.

Roads included in Phase I:

• Shady Grove Road, from County Road 59 north of Petrey to Pike County Line, $419,750;

• Cook Road, from County Road 11 to Posey Road, $124,200;

• Posey Road, from Cook Road to County Road 11, $277,150;

Phase II roads:

• Bodiford Pool Road, from Farrior Road to County Road 59 at Petrey, $510, 600;

• McGough Road, from County Road 11 to end of pavement, $182,850;

• Cook Road, from Posey Road to County Road 68, $143,750;

• N. Gravel Hill Road, from McGough Road to County Road 50, $189,750;

• Daniel Branch Road; from County Road 68 to County Road 17, $590,000;

• Siloam Church Road, from Alabama Hwy. 10 at Moody’s Store to County Road 77, $277,140;

• Blackmon Road, from U.S. Hwy. 29 to Alabama Hwy. 106, $481,850;

• Danielville Road, from County Road 56 to County Road 11, $125,550;

• New Bethel Church Road, from U.S. Hwy. 331 to Lapine Hwy., $93,150

The roads in this project are not eligible for federal aid, Sanders said.

The three local banks – First Citizens, Brantley Bank and First National Bank of Dozier – joined together to give the amount needed.