Brundidge Street project moving along

Published 10:11 pm Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Troy City Council took a step Tuesday that brings the construction of a Brundidge Street renovation one step closer to its beginning.

The city of Troy was awarded a $1.6 million grant in early November to fund a project that will resurface, widen and add a traffic light to South Brundidge Street, but the council took a step Tuesday to comply with state regulations involving the traffic lights already in place.

Council President Johnny Witherington said the resolution will in time sequence all the traffic lights on South Brundidge Street to become censored at certain times of the day.

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For example, during busy hours, like 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., the lights will change in a pattern, but during slower traffic times, the lights will be changed to accommodate that.

This is something he said had to be approved to be in compliance with the Alabama Department of Transportation standards. However, he is unsure when exactly the project will begin.

“We are still in the process of attaining right of way easements,” Witherington said.

Witherington said the traffic light changes will be included in the total project, which will include the addition of a new traffic light where the Park Lane Shopping Center is to accommodate additional traffic CGI employees will generate.

The rest of the project will resurface the street, from U.S. Highway 231 to Troy City Hall. In addition, it will add sidewalks to a portion of the road and widen the street from Madison Street to just in front of Pinkard Vault and Marble.

Along similar lines, the city is expected to know by the end of the month whether it will be awarded a $12.5 million TIGER grant.

The grant will be awarded federally, and if approved the city will construct an east-west corridor, spanning from George Wallace Drive near Charles Henderson High School to Montgomery Street and back to U.S. Highway 231.

The purpose of this project, like the Brundidge Street work will accommodate traffic generated from CGI’s employees, as well as the new basketball arena to be built on Troy University’s golf course.

In other business, the council awarded a retail liquor license to Rodeo Mexican Restaurant, which plans to open around the first of next month.

The restaurant will be located behind Campus Deli and Domino’s Pizza off of U.S. Highway 231.