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Dothan officials present planning, development projects to city commission

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -

The City of Dothan is looking at new planning and development projects. City officials discussed plans at Tuesday's city commission meeting.

One of the improvements discussed is to expand the roadway near Honeysuckle Road and West Main Street. Officials say traffic in this area is around 18,000 cars a day.

"What we want to do is look at long-term needs for that road. From Honeysuckle Road obviously, ties into Westgate [Parkway] and goes from [Highway] 84 and ties into South Park Avenue. We're trying to look at the needs for possible additional lanes, improvements to intersections and possibly looking at rerouting a section of Honeysuckle Road." said Dothan Assistant Public Works Director Charles Metzger.

This project has been in discussion over the last several years, but there wasn't any funding. Now there are planning funds.

"We're working right now to improve Denton Road and the bridge replacement was a big part of that project. These projects like this, the widening of sections of Westgate - $12 million to $15 million projects so there's a lot of funding that has to go behind them," Metzger said.

The city is also working to enhance it's downtown and to make the corner of Main and Foster streets more welcoming.

"The environment as it appears now is very unorganized it's really not anything welcoming there from a streetscape standpoint. What we want to do is bring a softening for that and bring some definition to that space to make it a part of the public rhelm that looks respected," said Dothan long-range planner Bob Wilkerson.

City officials have not voted on either of these improvement plans. Tuesday, they were just presented as proposals to the city commission.

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