IN A BAD MOOD – Moody City Council has approved improvements to the intersection of US Highway 411 and Park Avenue.
During a brief meeting on Monday, council passed a resolution approving an improvement project for one of the city’s busiest intersections.
Mayor Joe Lee said the project was run by the state, but council needed to give approval before it could start this summer. He said the project costs about $2.6 million, although the city won’t have to pay for it itself. Lee said the plan is to improve the intersection to include proper turning lanes in all four directions. He said the project will help improve traffic flow at the intersection, which serves two main thoroughfares in the city.
“It’s going to improve dramatically,” Lee said.
The mayor said the city would incur expenses on the project because it had applied for a project change order to put in decorative poles for traffic lights.
“We will have to pay the difference between the current cost and the cost of the decorative poles,” he said.
Lee said the estimated cost for the poles is $125,000, but said that number could still be subject to change. The mayor pointed out that the project still requires engineering work and that the cost of the poles could change once it is completed.
Lee said the project has been underway for some time, along with improvements to the entirety of US 411.
“It’s been on the books for quite a while, the whole 411 highway project is on the books,” he said. “They go to intersections and improve them now.”
The mayor said it allows the state to deal with more complicated upgrades before upgrading 411 as a whole.
In other subjects, the council:
—Approved the purchase of a heated pressure washer from Grainger for $3,9000 for the fire department;
—To approve the expenditure of $2,000 for supplies and artists for the Library’s summer reading program;
—Approved the expense of $1,125 for Pro-tem Linda Crowe, Council Member Ellie Key and Melissa Fraser to attend the “Your City” workshop May 4-6; and
—Approved the expenditure of $798.38 for landscaping and flowers for the front of Warrens Town Hall and Tractor Supply.
Taylor Mitchell is a Daily Home reporter covering Pell City.