DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Highway 84 West widening project has been going on for over a year and while it may seem like a headache, it could be a relief by the end of this year as it will look similar to Montgomery Highway.
“We started this project to tie in what was done on the circle project to continue that extra lane down to John D. Odom Road,” said Bart Barefoot, Dothan’s Assistant Public Works Director.
Last July, the medians on the westside were revamped to accommodate that new lane.
The bulk of the roadwork now is around the Woodburn intersection in front of Flowers Hospital where they are adding slip lanes inside of the intersection so you don’t have to go through the traffic light.
Barefoot said these lanes will prevent congested median crossings that typically lead to more accidents.
“People trying to make different turns and going in different directions. The less turning movements the less accidents,”
He says another part of the project that will keep travel moving freely and reduce accidents is expanding Highway 84 down to Brannon Stand. The plans are to add a left double lane onto Flowers Chapel and eventually an eastbound lane.
But for certain, the next set of orange barrels you will see in the Circle City is phase 3 of the Ross Clark Circle project — which will include Montgomery Highway.
“It will be a lot of construction activity in and around Sam’s and all of the shopping areas,” Barefoot said.
Now there’s no word on when that Phase 3 project will begin but the city of Dothan will put out a public ahead of time.
That project is estimated to last around 3 to 4 years.