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Spring Ave. construction hopes to fix road issues

Some traffic relief is finally on the way in Decatur, but it’s going to create a slower commute for some of you for up to two years!

Posted: Jul 5, 2018 5:05 PM
Updated: Jul 5, 2018 7:13 PM

Road work has already started to widen Spring Avenue, but workers plan on reducing the road to one lane for 10 days starting Monday, July 9th.

The contractor for the project told WAAY31 the project could take up to two years and cost more than 9 million dollars.

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"The traffic is already high, so I don't really see a problem," Timothy Bowers said in regards to temporary added traffic during construction on Spring Ave. 

Tim Bowers is a retired veteran who lives on Spring Ave. He told WAAY31 the road is too dangerous to keep up with the car and foot traffic.

"People are starting to walk and jog on Spring Avenue but currently its just too narrow for that, too dangerous for that"

Bowers moved-in in 2002 and told us he's been hearing about this expansion for over a decade.

He told us once the city sent official notice it was up to him to take charge to get reimbursed from the city for the portion of his land taken up by the new road.

"A contractor came in he gave us the bid, we gave that bid to the city and the city reimbursed us for the cost of the right of way for the portion of the road," Bowers.

In the end he said the price he got was "fair," based on his contractor. 

For now Bowers continues to make a life on Spring Avenue and he told WAAY 31 he hopes the road change will make the neighborhood safer

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