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Belleville construction creeps forward

Construction along Belleville Avenue is continuing, but officials say the progress is slow.
“Things are going at a pretty slow pace right now,” Ray Madden, supervisor of the Brewton City Gas and Water Department said Wednesday. “There have been a couple of problems this week that may slow things down for a day or two.”
Martin Construction crews are continuing to work along a stretch of area along Belleville Avenue involving the city’s sewer system. The project, which began in July 2010, has now passed deadline after deadline costing the company $500 a day in liquidated damages.
“They really are working hard right now,” Madden said. “They are into the liquidated damages period and are anxious to get the work done. They are still experiencing some problems along the way that could slow them down but they are trying to move the project along.”
Currently the work has Belleville Avenue closed from Halsey Street to entrance of the Brewton Heights Shopping Center. The next phase of the project will have Belleville Avenue closed from the shopping center to Smith Lane.
Crews could not give information on when the close of the next portion of Belleville Avenue would be.