Ross Clark Circle Expansion

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

The construction will focus on relieving traffic congestion from the intersection of 231 north and Ross Clark circle, all the way to Baumon road.
 

In the last 20 years, the number of drivers in Dothan has doubled.
Especially at the intersection of the circle and Main Street, where studies show more than 80,000 cars pass through daily.

It's taken months of planning, but now city officials have announced Ross Clark Circle will be expanding.
Officials say money originally put aside for an I-10 connector has been reallocated to help city projects.

“It will be somewhere between 35 and 40 million dollars.” State Representative Paul Lee said.

The money is coming in the form of a grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation and the federal highway administration.
The construction will focus on relieving traffic congestion from the intersection of 231 north and Ross Clark circle, all the way to Baumon road.

“The actual design itself will be what we've seen as a similar design with 231 north. Where your adding additional lanes. Going from 4 to 6 lanes and also reducing the number of median crossings and possibly changing some of the signal phasing and things like that.” Assistant Public Works Director Charles Metzger said.

"I would guess it would be very similar to what happened on 231 north. The look of the road should be similar to that and help the traffic." Lee said.

But officials say don’t get your hopes up just yet. They're only in the planning stages.

“The time it will start is not anytime soon because there is quite a bit of things that have to be done. As far as right away buying and those type things. Preliminary hearings for people, public hearings for people.” Lee said.

But they say taking time isn't a bad thing. Officials say they want to make sure everything is designed correctly, especially for some of the busier intersections.

“There will be quite a lot of work on the 84 west intersection. My understanding, there is 80000 cars that go through that intersection per day. That’s doubled over the last 15 to 20 years so.” Lee said.

Officials say they know the project will greatly help the flow of Dothan’s traffic.

Lee says with the growing population over the years, they are actually about 25 years behind on road work that needs to be done.


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