Relief in sight?

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Motorists traveling along Elm Street close to George Wallace Drive could see some relief for their tires in about a month. Repairs will be made to the roadway by W.S. Newell when their hauling project is complete. The company began hauling dirt from a borrow pit east of Barron Road on Elm Street on Aug. 21. About 15 trucks make three trips per hour, each day, which means more than 90 movements on Elm Street and George Wallace Drive every 60 minutes. Crews are still in the process of moving about 290,000 cubic yards of dirt to the site of Troy University’s new intramural and practice fields on McKinley Drive. In addition to the repairs to be made by the construction company, according to Pike County Engineer Russell Oliver, the county and the City of Troy are partnering in an attempt to secure ATRIP funds that would replace the culvert near Crowe’s Pond on Elm Street and raise the elevation of the roadway to curb flooding of the roadway. The ATRIP funds would also go toward resurfacing Elm Street from George Wallace Drive to Swindall Road.