Project to improve Adams, Boyd streets’ drainage, utilities

Published 12:29 am Wednesday, September 5, 2018

After years of waiting, residents living on Adam and Boyd streets will soon get a variety of improvements to the drainage system and water and sewer lines in their area.

The City of Troy has awarded the $586,000 project for construction after finally securing a grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs that will provide the majority of the funding.

“This project was implemented years ago and we’ve been finally successful in receiving that grant to improve the drainage system behind the houses,” said Councilwoman Wanda Moultry, whose district includes the two streets. Moultry said the project had been submitted for a grant when she was on the council over five years ago, but it was denied at that time. “That’s been an issue for a long time.”

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Brian Chandler, utilities manager for the City of Troy, said the project will include the replacement of culverts and pipes under the roads as well as replacement and improvement of sewer and water lines and resurfacing of the roads.

Chandler said the project has been a priority due to issues with the flow of water in the area for years.

“(Mayor Jason Reeves) has been wanting to work on the storm drainage improvements for a long time and it’s something the residents there have been wanting for a long time,” Chandler said. “A lot of water flows through through that area.”

Moultry said the concern is that the water flow has led to erosion, but that this project will protect the homes in the area from damage, as well as eliminating other issues that come from the drainage issues.

“It’s going to enable those homes to still have a good sound structure,” Moultry said. “This should keep the stream flowing as needed.”

While the road is not in bad condition, Chandler said the road would be replaced because employees will have to dig up the existing surface to access the culverts and pipes.

As a result, portions of the road will be closed at times while workers replace the culverts and repair the roadway.

No timeline has been set yet for the repairs, but Moultry said residents in the area will be notified ahead of any road closures to adequately prepare them to take detours as necessary.

The project was awarded to S.A. Graham out of Brundidge. ADECA will pay $400,000 of the grant money and the city will provide the remaining amount, which Chandler said should be reduced by up to 10 percent to bring the project closer to budget.