Albertville to soon begin downtown renovation project

Albertville to soon begin downtown renovation project

ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The city of Albertville will soon begin a nearly million dollar facelift for people coming to downtown.

It's been a project in the works for about five years now.

City officials say they're excited about the new look coming to town but say a lot has had to happen to get to this point.

For months, the municipal utilities board has been removing unsightly lines and poles from downtown, moving them underground and in alleyways. Now, that work is complete and only a few traffic signals remain overhead.

That's clearing the way for the city to being it's streetscape project, planting trees, shrubs and other greenery along the main route into town on Highway 75 from Highway 431.

City officials say they hope to begin that process soon as well as the final part to remove the wires for the traffic signals.

"You won't see any wires. It will come in from underground into the base pole and feed into the traffic signals, so it will eliminate all the wires so in your field of view all you will see is decorative street lighting and decorative traffic signals as you come through that area of downtown," said Albertville City Council President Nathan Broadhurst.

Broadhurst said bids are expected to go out next month.

The project is expected to be completed later this year.

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