More Road Construction Around Dothan Pavilion

Dothan, Al. (WSFA) -- You can expect more road work near the Dothan Pavilion.

Tuesday Night,  Dothan city commissioners agreed on a resolution to extend Murphy Mill Road.

Because no time tables were set several months ago, the project will now cost the city more than it expected.

It's been a long 16 months since this project was first brought to the commission.

When the Wal-Mart was built on the north side of Dothan, access to the store from Murphy Mill Road was expanded to five lanes.  However, the project developer, Dothan Exchange, wanted even better access for the area for residents.

Currently Murphy Mill Road dead ends at Wal-Mart. Now that these plans are going to be moving on it will continue through to Flynn road.

Traffic Engineer for the city of Dothan, Charles Metzger says, "The type of road, how the road was going to be built, it had to be built to city standards, which the original piece was built to city standards as well."

The initial agreement between the city and the developer called for all project costs to be shared equally. The city would pay half of the $900,000 project, but a year and four months later, prices have gone up.

District 3 Commissioner, Paul Lee says, "Because of the time frame it's taken and the raw materials that have increased in paving roads, that increased a $100,000 on our side."

Now, the city must cover $550,000 of the $1.1 million project.

Dothan is bound contractually to pay the extra money.  However, in the future, open ended agreements like this one will not be part of the equation for the city.

"Do a little different in our contracts possibly putting a maximum when we do the fifty-fifty," said Lee.

Even though this road expansion will cost the city more, Commissioner Lee feels it is well worth it.  "It will be well needed, it is well needed, and it will be well appreciated when it's completed."

A time table for the completion of the road is still tentative but, WSFA 12 News has learned the project could be finished in July or August.

When the project is completed the city will maintain the road.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis