Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced Thursday that the four-phase, $73 million U.S. Highway 84 four-lane project will be completed by 2020.

Bentley, making the announcement at the Elba High School Auditorium Thursday afternoon, said the 16.5 miles of Highway 84 from Andalusia to Enterprise will be completed to stretch across Coffee County.

“Our state has a lot of north and south highways, but we are going east to west. This is important for economic development, jobs, and for safety,” he said. “By 2020, we can have this entire corridor four-lane and I hope major industries will look at this area.”

Bentley added that U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama State Sen. Jimmy Holley and leaders in the state voted for the state’s federal highway dollars.

“It’s not just me, it’s the leadership you have in this area who realized the four-lane project would bring more jobs, development and safety to the citizens of our communities,” Bentley added.

Alabama Transportation Director John Cooper said 16.5 miles of the Highway 84 project will be broken into four different phases.

The first of the four is scheduled from New Brockton to State Road 192 at a cost of $9 million. Cooper said the project will be let in November. The second project will be from an extension of 203 to east of 285 in Elba.

“This is about 1.5 miles, but the project would include a bridge. Cost estimates are around $24 million,” he said. The project will be let in November 2014.

In Elba, Taylor Mill Road to State Road 125 will carry a $20 million price tag. This project is scheduled to be let in November 2015.

The final portion of the four-lane project, Cooper explained, will be Highway 84 East of Highway 87 to New Brockton east of County Road 507 for four miles. At a cost of $20 million, the project is planned to be let in November 2016.

“Currently, the project from the Curtis Community to Elba will be complete by August 2014,” Cooper said.

Cooper announced the state “will improve and repave Tiger Drive (on the campus of Elba High School) at a cost of $1.5 million. We’ve been looking at this for about a year and Sen. (Jimmy) Holley brought me down here, so this is an added bonus for you.”

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