Landscaping Planned for Line, Ferry Streets’ Cul-De-Sacs

Mar 19, 2018

From The Decatur Daily
By: Bayne Hughes

The planned cul-de-sacs that would close Line and Ferry streets’ entrances on the south side of Alabama 20/Wilson Street in Northeast Decatur will include decorative landscaping to fit in this historic area, a city official said.

The City Council is expected to vote this morning to hire Pugh, Wright, McAnally Engineering Services for $7,000 to do the engineering and design on the two cul-de-sacs.

With council approval, the city is set to move forward with closing these entrances to the highway. The north side of Alabama 20 would remain open.

City Director of Development Wally Terry said engineering and design should take about two months. The city does not plan to close the roads prior to construction even though safety is one of the reasons cited for the closure.

“It’s not something we can just block,” Terry said. “We just need to use this time to make sure it’s safe and efficient. A lot of people park on that street, and fire trucks need to be able to turn around on it. Drainage is also a concern.”

The Alabama Department of Transportation is involved in the project because of the highway, so Terry said he is hopeful the city can receive some state funds for the roughly $80,000 project.

City Engineer Carl Prewitt said the plan is to build “hammer head” cul-de-sacs, similar to the one built at Cherry Street Northwest near Butch Matthews Field, on the ends of each street.

Terry said the project includes landscaping for other Church Street Northeast intersections in historic Decatur. Wells Street, where westbound traffic flows off Church Street to Wilson Street, is a spot he would like to improve.

“We will consult the city’s historic association to make sure they like whatever we do,” Terry said.

In other business, Prewitt said crews began last week milling 13th and 11th streets in Southeast Decatur to prepare for paving. The two roads are among 18 the city plans to pave this summer for roughly $1.4 million.

Terry said the paving of Carridale Street Southeast is waiting on state approval.