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Busy Dothan intersection could be reworked - Dothan Eagle: News

Busy Dothan intersection could be reworked

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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 4:28 pm

A busy Dothan intersection could be in line for a facelift.

The intersection of Taylor Road and Campbellton Highway, located near Dobbs Famous Bar-B-Que just off U.S. Highway 231 South, will be drastically changed if Houston County Engineer Barkley Kirkland and the City of Dothan get their way.

The joint city-county plan will extend Taylor Road all the way to U.S. 231 and close the section of Campbellton Highway that stretches from Taylor Road to Hunt’s Restaurant.

They will submit a request to reclassify the Taylor Road extension as “on system,” making it eligible for federal funding, and will ask for Gov. Robert Bentley’s Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Project to help fund its creation.

“If they approve it, they’ll approve it all at one time to reclassify the road, fund the project and do away with the old road,” Kirkland said. “If we get that project, we’ll build the new road to tie into 231 South and close just the section from the (Taylor-Campbellton) intersection back to Hunt’s Restaurant.”

Kirkland said the new intersection would be “a couple thousand feet” farther down U.S. 231 than the Campbellton-231 intersection.

Drivers’ access to Dobbs and Hunt’s won’t be affected, as the existing Campbellton-231 intersection will essentially be a service road for the businesses.

The county cites traffic hazards as its primary reason for addressing the intersection.

The project is still in the preliminary phase, but Kirkland said a traffic count is being done at the intersection.

The Taylor extension could cost about $1 million, according to Kirkland’s “rough estimate.”

If the State approves it for ATRIP funding, it will pay for 80 percent of the work on the extension.