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Scottsboro Approves Broad Street Paving Project

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Scottsboro is preparing for a major project to fix a busy stretch of road.

The city council approved a bid of just more than a half-million dollars to repair the Broad Street from Highway 72 to the courthouse square.

Mayor Melton Potter said the work is past due.

"Our weather the past few years with cold weather and floods have really taken its toll on the roads," Potter said.

"With Broad Street being the main passage through the downtown area it is something that is long overdue and something we're glad to get started."

City officials hoped to begin work on the project in May, and estimated the cost at about $600,000.

There was a delay, which the mayor said was well worth the wait.

"We were fortunate to get a grant from ALDOT of $175,000, so we had to do some additional paperwork that normally would not have been done so it's kind of pushed the project back," he said.

The Alabama Department of Transportation grant covers $50,000 for engineering and inspection.

The $420,000 final cost to the city also includes re-striping all the lanes and re-timing all the stop lights, which Potter said should significantly improve the flow of traffic.

"There's three schools in that area off of Broad Street that it will affect," he said.

"Our residents have for a long time put up with some bad road conditions in that area and we're happy to try to get those problems fixed."

The city submitted their bid to ALDOT for final approval.

Mayor Potter said work could begin as soon as next week, so drivers should prepare for some slight delays due to lanes closed for paving.