Dothan’s Public Works Department is gearing up to make improvements

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Does driving around Dothan’s Ross Clark Circle drive you crazy?

Well Dothan’s public works department is gearing up to make improvements.

It's a project with the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Tuesday Public Works Director Charles Metzger will present the city commission with a standard agreement between Dothan and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

The agreement is for an expansion project on the Ross Clark Circle.

Lanes will be added from Bauman Drive to North Cherokee Avenue,

Work will also be done on the Montgomery Highway, from Girard Avenue to Buyers Avenue, and on West Main Street from Bellaire Drive to North Englewood Avenue.

The work includes sidewalks, a pedestrian bridge and much more.

"It’ll be a big help to Dothan when it's finished," said Metzger.

"Access management, upgrades, changes to the traffic signals, some service roads, so a lot of work," Metzger explained.

Officials say the $43 million project will take about three years to complete.

"There’s utilities that have to be relocated throughout the project, so there’s going to be a lot of initial work.

And as the work goes on it'll be phased and a lot of work zones - a lot of headaches for quite a while until it’s completed."

Metzger says the city needs the improvements due to an increase of traffic.

"It’s been coming for a long time, and obviously we're excited, the city is excited to see the work, we need the work we have a lot of growth on this side of town," said Charles.

Metzger also told me the traffic volume in the southwest side of the Circle area has gone up significantly over the years:
From 18,000 to 20,000 cars per day to 40,000 to 43,000 cars.

Officials hope to award bids on the circle project in September, but construction won't begin until 2019.