Montgomery's Dexter Avenue Getting Facelift


By Alabama News Network

It's been almost 10 years in the making, but Montgomery is finally starting work on a project that will change all of Dexter Avenue.

Montgomery's Dexter Avenue, which was originally known over 100 years ago as Market Street, has looked very different over the years.

This street has a lot of history, and city officials want to bring even more people downtown to see it. 

"We will basically be implementing a consistent streetscape all the way up and down dexter avenue. So the street trees will be uniform, the sidewalks will be uniform. It will be much more pedestrian friendly, much more conducive to the walkability that we've always been going for," said Chris Conway, Montgomery's Director of Public Works.

Crews will begin working on the street block by block, sprucing up trees and making the sidewalk more wheelchair accessible as they go. 

People are excited to see the progress.

"I think the improvement is great. Improvement to anything is excellent. This is a great street. They've been trying to do things for years," said Montgomery resident Charles Lee.

But no one is looking forward to it more than local historian Mary Ann Neely. 

"The project cannot happen too soon. But anything that's going to take place I think has to go through, Commerce Street didn't happen immediately. It's a work in progress."

And this is what the street should look like by the end of 2014. Neely thinks the improvements will do a great job of honoring the city's past. 

"All of these things have been market street, dexter avenue, It's always been where so many things did happen and things are happening today," said Neely.

The project cost just under $7 million, and most of that money came from a transportation grant.  

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