Montgomery Mayor Looks Ahead To 2007

These days much of Dexter Avenue in downtown Montgomery is just sputtering along, nothing like the vibrant retail strip is used to be.

"Got a lot of projects to wrap up," said Mayor Bright.

However,  Bright says that's about to change. First, the round-a-bout at the foot of Dexter will be completed by April, and look for new construction to start right around then.

"We'll make Dexter more pedestrian friendly," said Bright.

A block or two away, things continue to look up for the new Montgomery Convention Center and hotel. One of the few projects that probably WON'T be finished in 2007.

"Probably in the early part of 2008," according to Mayor Bright.

On the riverfront workers chip away on the finishing touches of phase two. The intermodel parking garage is starting to shape up, just months away from opening.

Down Interstate 65-South, more plans to expand Gateway Park; a running track, baseball fields and a lodge. The mayor says there is money in the budget to complete everything and start new projects, enough money he believes will give the city a little pep as it enters the new year.

Looking back on 2006 Bright said his darkest day in office was when Montgomery police officer Keith Houts was shot and killed in the line of duty.