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Street project will slow traffic on Douglas Ave.

By By ANNA M. LEE Managing Editor
A City of Brewton storm drainage improvement project will close one lane of traffic on Hwy. 31 -- where Douglas Avenue and Gordon Lane meet -- beginning tomorrow, according to utilities superintendent Ray Madden.
For the first of an eight-phase storm drainage project partially funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the city has contracted with Cardinal Contracting to improve storm drainage on parts of Davison Street, Bonita Avenue and Hwy. 31. The bid was awarded to Cardinal Contracting by the city in June, in the amount of $377,794.
As this phase of the project progresses, city utility workers will also be installing an eight-inch water line in the same area. Madden expects one lane of traffic to be closed for a few days on Douglas.
This phase of the storm drainage improvement project began on Oct. 20 and Cardinal Contractors has 150 working days to complete the work. All eight phases of the project are expected to take four to five years to complete.
The city also will be repaving streets where the storm drainage pipes and water lines are to be placed, Madden said.
The City of Brewton utilities department will continue its work replacing water lines on Belleville at the first of November. Madden said Mayor Ted Jennings requested that the department not resume work on Belleville until after Halloween trick-or-treating, which is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 30, in Brewton.