Broad Street improvements remain on schedule

The Broad Street Streetscapes project, the $3.5 million street and water improvement project down Phenix City's main street, is still scheduled for a September 2008 completion date.

The project began last fall and has a 14-month completion window for Auburn-based MBC Southeast, with penalties if the project misses the window. City Manager Bubba Roberts said the contractor has not asked for an extension.

It's going a little slower than scheduled, but it's moving along," Roberts said. "We've got some of the curbing in on the eastside of the road. They're pouring some of the sidewalk today down by Don Bailey's Auto Parts. So things are still moving and we have not changed the completion date."

The storm water drainage improvement and the replacement of old water pipes have been virtually completed. Workers have used back-fill dirt to fill in some of the traffic areas to the east of the street. In future weeks, the back-fill process will be completed on the west side in front of the Public Safety and Municipal buildings.

Once completed, the streetscapes project will make Broad Street narrower (one fewer traffic lanes running north and south than in the past) and more pedestrian friendly with wider sidewalks and a widened median. Decorative light posts and benches will also be added.