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Priceville ready for construction

By Catherine Godbey 340-2441

The intersection of Bethel and Cave Springs roads in Priceville is scheduled for a makeover.

Priceville Mayor Melvin Duran and the city are ready for construction to commence to improve the intersection, but the federal government isn't.

Duran told the Metropolitan Planning Organization at its meeting Friday that "we have the match and the certification of right of way."

The match is the percentage the city pays on the total cost of the project. For members of the North-central Alabama Regional Council of Governments, the match is 20 percent.

The federal government
finances the other 80 percent needed to complete the project.

Even though Duran is ready for construction to begin
immediately, he must wait for the project to be authorized by the federal government.

Construction will begin as soon as Priceville receives the federal funding.

Along with the improvements in Priceville, the Metropolitan Planning Organization discussed the progress of widening Spring Avenue.

Mark Petersohn, director of the Engineering and Public Works departments, said Decatur's plan to complete this project entails acquiring rights of way, coordinating utilities relocation with Alabama
Department of Transportation and moving toward construction.

Securing the rights of way depends on Gresham, Smith and Partners, an engineering firm handling the right-of-way designs, and Decatur's legal department, headed by city attorney Herman Marks.

Once Gresham, Smith and Partners completes its final plans, Marks and his staff will begin negotiations to purchase the land.

After the right-of-way land is purchased, the city will relocate utilities. Petersohn said he expects utility relocation "to start no later than the end of the year."

Construction to widen Spring Avenue will commence once the utilities are relocated, which Petersohn estimates as three months.

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