- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

DOTHAN, Ga. (AP) - A couple counties and a city in Alabama are partnering with the state to fix a major drainage issue at the Dothan Regional Airport that could help with future expansion.

Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker says the project will cost about $1.2 million, the Dothan Eagle (https://bit.ly/20bO6Af) reported. Houston and Dale County along with the city of Dothan are partnering with the state.

Most of the money will be provided by the state. Houston and Dale counties will supply most of the labor. The city of Dothan will be able to help with some federal matching funds.

The project involves moving more than 100,000 cubic yards of dirt, Parker said.

“It’s a really big project and the timeline is pretty tight,” Parker said.

The project must be completed by February. Parker said the drainage fix could help the airport receive funds from the Federal Aviation Administration in the future to aid in expansion.

The item was discussed Thursday during the Houston County Commission administrative meeting. A vote on the item will take place during Monday’s regular meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. in the third floor commission chambers at the Houston County Administration Building.

The property is the former site of the Saints Apartments. The county initially wanted the property for parking, but plans were changed later to create the park/green space.

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