DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Lane closures, road construction, and detours are the new normal for Dothan drivers on the west side of town.
Officials tell WDHN News they understand some drivers are frustrated, but these four projects will be beneficial for people who live or drive in the Circle City.
According to Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Dothan, Bart Barefoot, the city plans to expand Honeysuckle Road and complete some new construction on Flowers Chapel Road.
“The traffic flow on the west side of town is pretty congested in areas,” Barefoot said. “Of course, all the roadway projects we are working on right now are to improve traffic flow, to add capacity, and add lanes to the roadways to improve traffic flow and safety.”
As of right now, workers are finishing the design phase on the Honeysuckle Road project. Barefoot said phase one will take place between West Main Street and Fortner — resulting in a new five-lane highway. Barefoot said that highway will make traveling easier and roadways safer.
“All the road projects we are working on right now are just to help improve traffic flow, to help growth in the city. You have to plan ahead for growth,” Barefoot said.
According to Barefoot, the city wants to make a dual left-turn lane off of West Main Street onto Flowers Chapel Road.
He tells WDHN News having a dual left turn will help traffic flow and allow more capacity. Later on, the city wants to construct a three-lane road that would include a center turn lane all the way to Brannon Stand Road.
Barefoot said these projects need to be done in order to keep up with the city’s growth.
“All of these projects will take a little bit of time to complete,” Barefoot said. “Patience is the key. Obviously, it will cause some frustration among drivers.”
Drivers can expect construction on the Honeysuckle Road project by early summer and by the end of the year for Flowers Chapel Road.
Officials said they know any kind of construction can cause some headaches, but they assure drivers that, in the long run, these projects will be a good thing for the city.