Plans for additional lanes on West Main on drawing board

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Designs are on the drawing board to address traffic issues on the growing west side of Dothan.

Designs are on the drawing board to address traffic issues on the growing west side of Dothan. (MGN)

Plans call for three thru lanes for both sides of Highway 84 between Flowers Chapel and John D. Odom roads.

Changes will also be made at turning lanes between those points and the intersection at Woodburn Drive.

The goal is to make more room for the growing number of drivers that use West Main Street.

"Traffic volumes have gone from the 80s from probably 18 to 19 thousand cars a day on that stretch of road to about to about 40,000 plus cars a day so obviously we need to additional lanes," says Public Works Director Charles Metzger.

The project will cost around $4.5 million.

A $2 million grant from the state's department of transportation will cover some of that. The city will cover the rest.

Construction is expected to start in the Fall of 2020.