Fairhope roundabout

An aerial view of a roundabout located in Fairhope.


ASHVILLE – At its last meeting, the St. Clair County Commission approved an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) concerning two resolutions about the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 231, U.S. 411 and St. Clair 33. The intersection is four miles south of Ashville where Eden Career Tech Center is located.

County engineer Dan Dahlke said the first resolution states that the commission supports the project. The second resolution states that once the construction is complete, the commission will handle the daily costs of the street lights on the project.

“We will also handle the maintenance associated with those street lights as well,” Dahlke said.

Commissioner Tommy Bowers asked if the maintenance was for a portion or all of the street lights. Dahlke said it was for all the street lights.

“There are roughly 12 street lights,” Dahlke said. “According to estimates by ALDOT, we’re looking at roughly $100 per month for the light bill on that.”

When asked when construction might start, Dahlke said ALDOT has not given him a time frame concerning the start date.

“This spring would be the earliest they would start, but summer might be more realistic,” he said.

Some officials say this is one of the more deadly intersections in the county, and some traffic accidents have resulted in fatalities.

Dahlke said this would be the first roundabout the state has construction in this portion of Alabama.

“There are others scattered around like in Mobile, Fairhope and other places,” he said. “There is also talk of one being constructed in Blount County.”

Reach Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.