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State to match road project funds if Huntsville raises $125m

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Seven road projects on the city's to-do list total over $250 million in costs. Seven road projects on the city's to-do list total over $250 million in costs.

Alabama Director of Transportation John Cooper announced the state will match funds for road projects if the City of Huntsville can come up with $125 million. Mayor Tommy Battle said he and other city leaders will do whatever it takes to find the cash.

"The solution presented today offers the best possible compromise and calls for both state and local governments to rise to the challenge and provide these critically important roadways for the North Alabama region," said Mayor Battle.

Battle said the seven proposed projects totaling $250,000,000 have been in the pipeline for years now.

The Huntsville area road projects and timelines include: 

1. U.S. 72 East at Moores Mill and Shields Road / Epworth Drive (two projects) - 2014    

2. South Memorial Parkway Overpasses from Martin Road to Lily Flagg Road -2014

3. University Drive Six-Lane from Providence Main to County Line Road - 2016

4.  North Memorial Parkway Overpasses and Service Roads at Mastin Lake  – 2017

5. South Memorial Parkway - Weatherly Road to Hobbs Road Improvements - 2017

6. Martin Luther King Extension (Northern Bypass) from Pulaski Pike to U.S. Highway 231 - 2017

7. Cecil Ashburn Drive Improvements - 2017

Mayor Battle said without help from the state, the projects are impossible. Now, with the Governor and Cooper willing to pay half of the $250 million price tag, improvements can begin within the next 5 years.

Mayor Battle says it's essential to for quality of life in Huntsville to remain the same.

"We set ourselves up for the future, for the next generations, for year after year that so through the next generation, we have our road plans taken care of. We have our roads taken care of so that we can keep that quality of life, keep that 18-minute commute, that average 18 minute commute to and from work."

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