Construction crews will shut down a couple of busy Dothan roadways in the coming days.
It's all part of a multi-million dollar project that's seen its fair share of setbacks.
On Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., construction crews will begin installing storm drainage pipes on Fortner Street between Ross Clark Circle and Honeysuckle Road. It’s all part of the larger “Fortner Street Improvement Project”; a project that's hit many snags all thanks to Mother Nature.
“It's a year long project but with the weather that we've had, it's drug out and it's just put everything behind. They are only about 35% complete,” said Charles Metzger, assistant Public Works Director.
City engineers are working to improve traffic flow at the intersection and Fortner Street Honeysuckle Road.
“That intersection is getting widened out. There's only two lanes on Fortner right now it'll be widened out to four lanes, so we're trying to provide turn lanes and upgrade the traffic signals in there,” said Metzger.
But Mother Nature has had other plans.
“Last year, instead of getting 55 inches of rain in Dothan, which is average, we had about 85 or more inches of rain and you cannot work the base material that you need to work the road,”
So far, that year long project has already taken a year and a half.
“I know everybody wants to see the project done so we're trying to find a way to get it done, it's just taking some time, especially with this weather that we've had,”
The City of Dothan is paying $2.4 million for the project.
“We've got to keep the project moving because it's a mess out there right now,”
If they weather cooperates this spring, officials hope to have the entire project complete sometime in the summer.
Wednesday, the section of Fortner Street between Honeysuckle Road and the Ross Clark Circle will be closed from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
On Thursday, crews plan to close the section of Honeysuckle between Fortner and Highway 52 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.