Construction to begin on final phase of South Court Street project

The mayor says it will include new sidewalks, striping, waterlines, signage, lighting, paving and more

Construction to begin on final phase of South Court Street project
Montgomery's South Court Street streetscape project is nearing its final, most important phase after 10 years of red tape. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - After a decade of waiting, residents and commuters of the South Court Street area of Montgomery are about to witness a major redevelopment, according to the City of Montgomery.

The long-awaited South Court Street streetscape project is set to begin in June, pending final approval of the winning contractor’s bid. If all goes as planned, construction workers should start mobilizing by mid-month.

“South Court Street is a project 10 years in the making, and it’s yet another project transforming the core of our community – one of several set to begin in the very near future,” Mayor Todd Strange said.

The project will be a major re-modeling of South Court Street from the Boulevard to Fairview Avenue and should take about a year to complete.

“The Court Street corridor is a gateway to Montgomery’s historic neighborhoods, colleges, businesses and downtown," the mayor added, “which is why this project has been such a large undertaking.”

At just over $8 million, Montgomery-based Dubose Construction submitted the lowest bid for the project. When adding up construction, engineering and inspections costs, the total price tag is estimated to be at just over $10 million.

The city council voted on funding for the project at April’s meeting. A federal grant to ALDOT will cover 80 percent of the costs, or about $8 million. That means the city will provide $2 million in matching fund.

So what can tax payers expect to see for that price?

"Our vision encompasses a complete renovation with state-of-the-art amenities that include new sidewalks, striping, waterlines, signage, lighting, drainage, gutters, paving and more,” the mayor explained.

City of Montgomery Public Works Director Chris Conway presents ALDOT Media & Community Relations Bureau Chief Tony Harris a check on behalf of the City of Montgomery for the city’s portion of the South Court Street project.
City of Montgomery Public Works Director Chris Conway presents ALDOT Media & Community Relations Bureau Chief Tony Harris a check on behalf of the City of Montgomery for the city’s portion of the South Court Street project. (Source: City of Montgomery)

Court Street isn’t the only project residents can expect to see in the near future. Projects of a similar size are slated for Zelda Road, East Fairview Avenue and West Fairview Avenue. Currently, Zelda and East Fairview are in the design phase, while West Fairview is in right-of-way acquisition.

Much like Court Street in 2018, all three roads will see a temporary paving surface laid down in the coming months ahead of construction.

These large projects only account for a small portion of the city’s repaving plan. City officials say from January to March crews laid more than 19,000 tons of asphalt and patched over 800 potholes on streets throughout the city.

Residents can follow along with the city’s road paving progress by going to http://data.montgomeryal.gov.

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