A bid for the clearing and removal of unwanted surface material such as trees and bushes for the David Memorial Drive extension project was awarded during a Sept. 28 Shenandoah City Council meeting.

The project will extend David Memorial Drive to Hwy. 242 in an effort to ease congestion in the area.

The $170,000 project was awarded to construction company Petra LLC.

Shenandoah Public Works Director Joseph Peart said the clearing and grubbing project is funded by the 2015 Montgomery County road bond.

Shenandoah Mayor John Escoto added this is the first step for the extension project to be started.

Peart said the latest the project will be completed is Feb. 1. Depending on the county’s portion of the project being funded, bidding for the construction of the extension could begin at that time as well.