Repaving project planned

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 13, 2002

News Editor

A portion of U.S. Highway 29, including Montgomery Street, is slated to be resurfaced by the state.

The Troy City Council approved Resolution 542, during their regular meeting Tuesday,

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which allows the Alabama Department of Transportation (DOT) to resurface Highway 29 North, which includes the portion which runs through the city limits.

Mayor Jimmy Lunsford told council members the resurfacing would include the mill and surface method, but not the rubblizing method normally used on roads with an original concrete base like Montgomery Street. Rubblizing is a method in which the old concrete roadbed is broken up before it is resurfaced.

Mayor Lunsford explained that the rubblizing method could not be used on Montgomery Street because of old iron pipes that run under the street. "We don’t want them to resurface the road then have to come back and tear it up to replace pipes," he said.

Lunsford said the state was planning to use a new method of resurfacing in order to fill in the cracks and prevent the separation of the old concrete slabs underneath the roadway.

In other business:

*The council was presented with Ordinance 192, for their consideration. The proposed ordinance amends Chapter 6 of the city code,

concerning the licensing of video gaming rooms with redemption machines. "Cities all over the state are passing ordinances concerning this issue," said Council President John Witherington. The ordinance will come up for vote at the next regular city council meeting on Feb. 26.

*Alex Whaley, of Whaley Construction Co., presented the council with an award his company won on Jan. 11, from the Alabama Associated General Contractors of America. The "Build America Award" was awarded to Whaley Construction Co. during a ceremony held at the Scrushy Center in Birmingham, for its work on the Troy Municipal Complex.

"We are very proud of this project and would like to point out that not many cities this size have a complex as nice as this one," said Council President Witherington.