DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Some of Dothan's worst roads are getting resurfaced.
City Commissioners approved the roughly $2 million contract bid during Tuesday's city commission meeting.
"We're excited about obviously getting these roads resurfaced and helping people," said Charles Metzger, Dothan Public Works Director.
The money will cover resurfacing 11 miles of city roads. One of the longest resurfacing projects is the one mile stretch of South Appletree between Columbia Highway and Cottonwood Road – which falls in District 2.
"It's been awhile since some of the roads in District 2 have gotten some attention," said District 2 Commissioner Janasky Fleming. "There are a number of roads we've been fighting for since October since I started. I was happy to see a number of those roads for District 2 on the actual listing of roads that will be improved."
People who live on South Appletree say the roadwork has been a long time coming and much needed. Ben Pope has lived on the street for the last 20 years. He says potholes are the biggest problem.
"There's a couple times I've had to go get a front end alignment because you hit a pot hole," said Pope. "It's been a headache."
The second longest project is Woodburn Drive between Flowers Chapel Road and Highway 84. City officials say the roads selected for resurfacing are based on their assessment of the road's condition and complaints from citizens. Woodburn Drive for example has a number of cracks because of heavy truck and residential traffic.
Over the next few weeks, the city will meet with contractors. Work is expected to start in the next few months and finish in 120 days. For some streets, work isn't just limited to the road.
"We have some concrete work to do, curbing work, and sewer work that'll be done prior to this work starting so we don't have to tear them back up," said Metzger.
A short-term inconvenience for a long-term reward.
"I know it'll be inconvenient for some people to detour or go a different route," said Fleming. "Yet and still a lot of citizens, especially in District 2, will be happy to see the improvements made on their roads."
"It's been a long time coming for this road to be paved and I look forward to it," said Pope.
Road work around the schools is planned for once school is let out for the summer.