Photo by Jeff Thompson.
New lanes, lines and pavement
The Alabama Department of Transportation’s resurfacing project on U.S. 31 will run from Columbiana Road down to the Shelby County line.
During a July meeting, the city council discussed several road projects.
The council postponed a vote to approve a Southland Drive widening project, citing the mayor had concerns about the budget.
"We have engineered a much more in-depth project than we had originally thought," said Hoover Executive Director Allen Pate.
Pate said the road does not have a base. The project was originally budgeted for $415,000 but is now budgeted at around $590,000. The council will discuss the project at the July 21 meeting.
Also during the meeting, Councilman Gene Smith said that Freedom Fest, held on July 4 at the Hoover Met, had a record turnout with an estimated 13,000 in attendance.
In other news, the council:
- Approved a resolution to execute an agreement with ALDOT for intersection improvements on South Shades Crest Road at Eden Ridge Drive and Shades Run Circle.
- Approved a resolution to execute a utility relocation agreement with Charter Communication for resurfacing of Hugh Daniel Drive. In May, the council agreed to enter a maintenance contract with ALDOT to resurface Hugh Daniel Drive. The repaving will cover about 4,000 feet of road from U.S. 280 east to Dunavant Road. The project will cost about $1.3 million to complete with the City of Hoover paying 20 percent or $260,000. Mayor Gary Ivey said the project should begin in late summer or early fall.
- Approved a resolution to execute a utility relocation agreement with Bright House Networks for lane improvements at the intersection of Highway 150 and Galleria Boulevard.
- Approved a resolution to execute a service agreement with One Roof to provide homeless service under the CDBG program in the amount of $5,000.