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January 10, 2009

Dodge City road improvements, park lighting discussed

DODGE CITY — Daily commutes for Dodge City residents could be a little smoother soon, as the town council recently discussed some upcoming road repair projects. Plans to light the town park and Bullet Drive have also been approved.

County Road 216, County Road 239, County Road 237, County Road 262 and County Road 263 are all local routes the town hopes to repair soon with some paving and new gravel to fill in potholes.

Town council chairperson Tawana Canada said the work will likely be handled by the Cullman County Road Department. The town has yet to receive an estimate for the total cost of the repairs.

“We’ll be getting an estimate from the county to determine exactly how much that will cost,” she said.

The council also agreed to look into repairs for the Park Road, which leads to the town park.

“We’ll be getting some estimates to see how much that will cost, as well,” Canada said.

Plans to add lighting to the town park and walking trail, as well as Bullet Drive, were also approved at the meeting.

Canada said residents have expressed a desire to have new lighting added to the park, and noted the safety benefits of lighting.

Council member Anthony Todd agreed, adding, “It’s the people’s money, and if they want it lit up we need to do it.”

The work will be done by the Cullman Electric Co-op, at an estimated cost of $20,000.

A start date for the work has yet to be set.

In addition to the street and lighting work, the council approved $16,400 to help Tradition’s Bank complete a connector road around the bank’s Dodge City location. The cost was higher than expected, due to the fact that the road was required to not only meet county road requirements, but also Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) requirements. The bank is still paying for the majority of the road, with the town now picking up the additional expense caused by meeting the more stringent standards.

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