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Decatur OKs $1.78 million in road projects

By Evan Belanger 340-2442

The Decatur City Council unanimously approved Monday spending about $1.78 million on local paving projects.

The action calls for resurfacing portions of more than 110 local streets, nearly 28 miles in all, over the next two years. It constitutes the first major paving project undertaken by the city since the current administration took power in

Specifics call for portions of 65 local roads to be resurfaced by the end of this year at a cost of more than $893,529. Another 46 roads will be resurfaced next year at a cost of $888,994.

Changes made

The council made two changes to the list Monday, moving the resurfacing of Danville Road from Carridale Road to Beltline Road up one year and adding Fifth Avenue Southwest from Third Street Southwest to Austinville Road to the year-one list.

According to the city's finance department, the council has about $3.34 million at its disposal to complete the paving projects.

Most of that came from a $2 million loan approved by the council in October. The remainder was appropriated from state gasoline tax revenue.

City Engineering and Public Works Director Mark Petersohn first released the proposal in late July after surveying hundreds of local streets.

"Given available funding, additional sections may be added or removed as necessary," Petersohn said in an e-mail to The Daily when the initial proposal was released.

According to the finance department, work on the projects will be completed by city's existing low-bid contractor, meaning the projects do not have to be bid individually.

Huntsville-based Shelby Contracting Company currently holds that contract, said Carl Prewitt, the city's civil engineer.

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