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Downtown Dothan May Get More Brick Sidewalks

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

DOTHAN, AL---Some sidewalks on North Oates Street may soon look like this

"To extend the brick paver sidewalks on both sides of Oates up to the new library," said Todd McDonald.

It's a plan that's only in the draft phase right now.

To move forward city officials say they need to submit a grant application to the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Wednesday officials held a public meeting to get feedback from residents on the proposed plan.

"Oates Street is one of our most highly trafficked streets in the city, the intersection of Main and Oates has 30,000 cars a day come through it, so being able to improve those esthetics through brick sidewalks and making it more walkable and beautiful,"said DDRA Exec. Director Jansen Tidmore.

But, that beauty comes with a price tag.

"The estimated cost for the project is $350,000," said McDonald.

That estimate includes engineering and other costs.

"We got drainage issues, curb issues, we got driveway issues all that stuff has to be taken into account."

The application has to be submitted to ALDOT by June 28th.

The largest grant the city can apply for is $400,000.


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