Main Street Expected to Re-open Late Tuesday Afternoon

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

A busy roadway in downtown Dothan remains closed to traffic.

Officials say the recent wet weather has set them a little behind schedule.

City engineers just need to complete one more step before re-opening Main Street.

They say the cold and rain, combined with Friday’s unusual snowstorm caught them a little off guard.

Repair crews were busy prepping Main Street for more work on Monday.

Tuesday morning, crews will fill in five large patches of roadway with asphalt.

“Due to the cold weather and even the rain we've had today, we've been unable to get any asphalt to finish the patches we have on Main Street there,” said Charles Metzger, Assistant Public Works Director with the city.

It’s the final phase before the small section of road between St. Andrews and Foster streets can be reopened.

“We're hoping to get asphalt tomorrow morning get it in there and get the road open tomorrow afternoon,”

Last week, the water department discovered a leak from an out of service pipe underneath the road.

“So it actually washed some cavities in there and we had to fill it with flowable fill-type concrete,”

But they didn't know exactly where the leak was coming from.
It was a case of trial and error to pinpoint the problem.

Officials say they're not accustomed to dealing with this unusual weather and while it's set them back a bit, it's also kept many motorists off the roads.

“We're not used to dealing with snow, rain, and cold all at the same time. We kind of got lucky with Friday with some schools being closed and even today being president's day…there’s a little less traffic than normal,” said Metzger.

Metzger says while it may be an unpleasant experience for motorists, the repairs are necessary.

“With 20,000 plus cars a day on it, it makes it tough because there's really not a good detour to set up. It's a huge problem for anyone who's commuting in and around town,”

If everything goes to plan, Main Street should be back open late Tuesday afternoon.

Motorists are asked to follow the detour signs and slow down when traveling in the area.

The Dothan Police Department has also been keeping an officer on site, just to make sure no one tries to go around the road closed sign.

Also on Wednesday, February 17th, construction crews plan to close the section of Fortner Street between Honeysuckle Road and Ross Clark Circle from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to install storm drainage pipe.

On Thursday February 18, the section of Honeysuckle Road between Fortner Street and Hartford Highway will be closed from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00p.m.

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