Street Construction Closures

U.S. 31 work

 On Friday, Dec. 7, the Alabama Department of Transportation provided the City of Athens with an update on the traffic improvement project for U.S. 31 around the new Athens High School. ALDOT will put the signal for the new Athens High School and Athens Bible School back in flash operation on Friday, Dec. 14.  The signal will remain on flash operation over that weekend, and ALDOT will place it in full operational mode on Monday, Dec. 17, after the morning rush traffic.

ALDOT reported that all roadwork at the new intersection should be completed by Dec. 14.

There are roadwork improvements remaining on U.S. 31 surrounding the intersection.  Those improvements are:

● An additional left turn lane will be installed at U.S. 31 and Alabama 99. 

● Pedestrian signals added at U.S. 31 and Alabama 251.

That work will not be completed until early 2019.

Downtown Renovations for pedestrian safety and better handicap accessibility

Contractors are finishing up the courthouse corner of Market and Marion.
Go TAP Project for Downtown Athens page for detailed information.

Local paving projects this season

May 10 through the paving season - Local paving projects will begin on Old Decatur Road from Brookhill Drive to East Sanderfer Road. Paving will continue in this order as weather permits and pending no unforeseen street issues:
  • Lucas Street, Whitson Street, Rodgers Street, Townsend Street, 14th Street, Sandifer Street, Batts Street.
  • Ridgelawn Drive, Arbor Drive and connecting streets in Vineyard 1, Monterrey Drive and connecting streets in Vineyard 1.
  • Diamond Point Drive and connecting streets, Piney Creek Drive from Longview Drive to Medinah Lane, Winged Foot from Shinnecock Hills Drive to Piney Creek Drive.
  • Madison Street from Fifth Avenue to Ninth Avenue, Houston Street from Fifth Avenue to Elm Street, Seventh Avenue, Eighth Avenue, Ninth Avenue and 10th Avenue all from Jefferson Street to North Malone Street, Bryan Street from Houston Street to CSX railroad.
  • Kingswood Drive, Gordon Drive, Buchanan Street, Christopher Drive, Florence Drive, Pinedale Street, Virginia Drive.
  • Lisa Lane, Stephens Avenue, Redbud Street, Woodbury Street (once Wastewater Dept. cuts have settled later this year).

Street closures due to events

These events have received permits:
  • None at this time

ATRIP, TAP and other projects that will impact streets (estimated start dates)

The City of Athens coordinates with the Alabama Department of Transportation on these projects, and the dates are subject to change
  • Forrest Street bridges and resurfacing – Anticipate work to start January 2019 and take 13 to 14 months.
  • Alabama 251 roundabout – Wait until Forrest St bridges done. (State project)
  • Courthouse Square – Work underway. Finishing up some areas on the Courthouse side. Will stop and return after holiday shopping season once weather factors are permissible. 
  • U.S. 31/Pryor Street Sidewalk – In the design phase.