Dothan & Houston Co. Get $2 Mil for Medical College Road Construction

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

Road construction around Alabama's new College of Osteopathic Medicine is estimated to cost $ 2.3 million and as of Thursday the city of Dothan and Houston county only have to worry about coming up with a small portion of that.

"We want to announce today that we're proud that the Alabama department of transportation has agreed to make available $2 million to the city of Dothan and Houston county for road improvements," said Houston County Commissioner Mark Culver.

Leaders say coming up with $2.3 million would have been extremely difficult.

"We really appreciate the governor and his support in this project," said Culver.

"The governor has been wonderful to work with our area it's a breath of fresh air," Senator Harri Anne Smith.

"Through this journey you guys made it happen without that support base I don't think we would be sitting here talking about $2 million in road projects," said than Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker.

"This shows that by working together great things can happen," said Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz.

The new road design is still in the works but construction involves relocating and adding roads to allow access to the college.

"There's going to be a lot of people coming in and out over there and we want it to be safe and have an impressive road to get into the college," explained Culver.

Culver says once the project is approved resurfacing here on Drew Road can begin within weeks.

"It's a good day for houston county and the whole wiregrass area because we're all going to benefit from this," said State Rep. Paul Lee.

A benefit everyone's excited about.

Leaders say they'll work with engineers to see how both the city and county can come up with the remaining $300,000.

The project includes the city getting a new road and the county taking over Drew Road from Cowarts to Highway 84.

Houston county commissioners will vote to approve that road construction Monday, August 13th at 10 a.m.

They'll also vote on submitting five more road resurfacing projects to ATRIP.

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