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Troy-Dothan seeking help for access road

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 3:56 pm

Troy University’s Dothan campus may soon have another entrance and exit.

University officials want Houston County and Dothan to help fund work on an access road from Brannon Stand Road to the campus.

The estimated project cost is $662,880, with the university providing $150,000 and the State of Alabama pledging $250,000.

The request calls for the city and county to split the remaining balance, with each share not to exceed $130,000.

County commissioners are likely to approve the funding at Tuesday’s meeting, though they say they’re hopeful the bid process will drive the cost lower.

“Originally, the plan was for us to do the work and for the city to provide the materials and for Troy to provide some funding also,” Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said. “Sen. (Harri Anne) Smith got them some additional funds in the budget for this road. While it’s usually our preference to do work rather than writing checks, in this case we just think to fund the project on a 50-50 basis with the city would be a better scenario.”

Currently, the campus has only one entrance and one exit.

Culver said providing an alternative entrance will both alleviate traffic on U.S. Highway 231 and add needed safety in emergency situations.

The county’s share of the funding will come from unallocated funds.

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