ALDOT, county agree to fix Hurricane Issac road damage

Published 9:18pm Friday, December 14, 2012

The Dallas County Commission approved an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation Monday to repair Dallas County Road 4 in Valley Grande.

Coosa Jones, Dallas County engineer, said the road had extensive flood damage from hurricane Isaac in September and it’s taken several months for officials to come inspect the road and determine how to address it.

“It’ll be completed hopefully in the spring,” Jones said.

Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard said the commission has been trying to repair this road before Isaac and make it more attractive to new businesses.

“We thought it was a dead plan because they hadn’t done anything in several years except the relocation of gas lines and power lines,” Ballard said of the road.

Ideally, Ballard said he would like to see the road become a four-lane road and expand it for more traffic.

“They did give us approval in a meeting we had in Montgomery a few weeks ago that that project is still a viable project and will be completed in 2016,” he said.

Ballard said it’s important that the public know the road’s possibilities so more development can be made around that area.

“There’s businesses that would like to develop on Highway 22 North from here to and including Valley Grande that are just waiting for the four-lane project to happen,” he said. “This will help the public to know this project is still going to happen.”

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