Opelika roads receiving upgrades this summer

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - About 20,000 to 25,000 cars travel on Frederick Road in Opelika daily and now the two lane street is in the process of a major upgrade to ease tension and traffic for commuters.

"The project has been planned for 24 years and we're finally getting to the point this spring where constructed started," explains Opelika City Engineer, Walter Dorsey. "The contractor has been putting in some temporary detours that will allow them to address some of the drainage issues that are under that road that are undersized or in poor condition."

Frederick Road will soon become a five lane street.

Detours are scheduled to open Tuesday morning in two locations, between Skyway Drive and Bradford Drive, and also between Cunningham Drive and Corporate Park Drive.

The more than $5.4 million project is a shared cost between Opelika and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

"We're hoping and encouraging people to take different routes in that area if they can to avoid the traffic and disturbances," says Dorsey.

In addition to Frederick Road, two other road improvement projects are underway this week which will ultimately make commuting safer and more efficient.

During the next two to three months, a turn lane will be added at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street. This will provide an additional lane for cars coming from the south 3rd Street turning onto 2nd Avenue, heading west.

Also, North Park Drive between JoAnn Drive and Andrews Road near the city's North Industrial Complex will be resurfaced and is slated to only take a couple of weeks to complete.

"All that I ask is that people drive carefully through there because there is a lot of construction equipment, a lot of construction workers," says Dorsey. "There's just a need to be careful and look out, especially for the people that are out there doing the job."

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