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ALDOT approves 2 Madison Co. road projects

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

ALDOT has approved two important road projects directly impacting the cities of Huntsville and Madison.

Both cities begged the state for more than a decade to approve contracts for the I-565/County Line Road interchange and Old Madison Pike/Indian Creek Bridge expansion.

Madison Mayor Troy Trulock expects both projects to start by the end of the year.

Truclock said the total cost of the projects is in the tens of millions of dollars. Thousands of drivers use the Indian Creek Bridge to commute to Bridge Street and Redstone Arsenal every day. According to Trulock, the bridge could be shut down for at least nine months.

The I-565/County Line Road interchange will also have its share of headaches. In addition to the interchange, crews will also repave the six-mile section from the Interstate to Highway 72. Trulock said portions of County Line Road could shut down depending on the work.

"The good news is they're both going to be under contract. The bad news is they're both going to be under construction which means we're going to have construction delays," said Trulock. "But again, as long as we're willing to put up with construction it'll be very beneficial for the citizens of Madison and Huntsville."

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said the projects can't start soon enough. According to Battle, Huntsville had a population of 290,000 in 1990. The area has grown to more than 450,000 in 2013 and he's not sure the current roads can accommodate future growth.

"If we grow exponentially, the way we have been growing, we will have 675,000 people in 2030," said Battle. "The roads that we start today will be the roads that we'll be riding on in 2030."

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