ATRIP Funds To Save Florence Millions On Wood Avenue Repairs

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - A second round of ATRIP money handed down by the Alabama Department of Transportation has given the city of Florence some much-needed funds for a road project.

It's one of the oldest roads in Florence and thousands of cars travel the route daily; getting people in and out of downtown Florence and the University of North Alabama.

But city leaders say with the failing road base, they must replace most of Wood Avenue.

“This is going to be a long, complicated project to execute,” said Phil Stevenson, spokesman for the City of Florence.

City leaders say for the project not to disrupt the residents who live along Wood Avenue, a lot of planning has to be done.

One of the largest parts of the project is replacing the water, gas and sewer lines that run underneath the road bed.  This utility work must be completed before any of the road work can begin.

“We will have to go from the beginning to the end and put the new ones in, before we can disconnect and retire the others,” said Stevenson.

The city of Florence must match 20 percent of the $5 million project with local funds for the Wood Avenue project to become a reality.

City leaders hope to begin the work on Wood Avenue by mid to late summer.