TUSCUMBIA — Bids for a resurfacing project that involves nearly a mile of Sixth Street will be opened by the Alabama Department of Transportation on Jan. 25.
Colbert County commissioners approved a final funding agreement for the project Tuesday. The project involves resurfacing Sixth Street from Woodward Avenue to Harding Street.
County Engineer John Bedford said that portion of Second Street is within the Muscle Shoals city limits but maintained by the county.
“We’ll actually be paving through that intersection a little bit, replacing the traffic loops,” Bedford said.
Traffic loops are wires embedded in the pavement that activate traffic signals.
Bedford said the estimated cost of the project is about $400,000.
The project involves removing the old driving surface, applying a new surface and adding traffic striping and pavement markers, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation Department’s website.
Jesse Turner, transportation planning director for the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments, said the project is a part of the Shoals Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Program.
The contract calls for the project to be completed within 30 working days.
Bedford said he expects the project to begin in early April.
He told commissioners that signing the funding agreement is a formality and said there could be other documents that require their signature during the project. He asked if they wanted him to continue bringing these items to the meetings.
Commission Chairman Emmitt Jimmar said he did because it keeps the commission up to date on county road projects.
“It keeps transparency alive,” Jimmar said.
Russ Corey can be reached at 256-740-5738 or russ.corey@TimesDaily.com.