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Portion of Old Madison Pike shuts down for road improvement

The project will be widening Old Madison Pike from Slaughter Road to Jan Davis Drive, which connects the city of Huntsville to the city of Madison. The project will be widening Old Madison Pike from Slaughter Road to Jan Davis Drive, which connects the city of Huntsville to the city of Madison.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A massive road improvement project will be underway starting Monday morning. It will shut down a portion of Old Madison Pike for more than a year.

Mayor Troy Trulock said the good news is that the road is finally under construction, but the bad news is the road is finally under construction. Meaning, the project will cause some headaches for drivers, but Mayor Trulock said it would be all worth it in the end.

The project had been needed for nearly two decades: the widening of Old Madison Pike from Slaughter Road to Jan Davis Drive, which connects the city of Huntsville to the city of Madison. It is a lifeline for those headed to Bridge Street.

"We are proud to finally have it under construction," said Mayor Trulock. "It's not just in the works, it's physically under construction."

The project will shut down the roadway for about 15 months, as workers turn a two-lane road into four lanes, and fix a dangerous bridge known for wrecks and washouts.

However, with Old Madison Pike shut down for so long, it means the 30-thousand cars that travel on the road each day have to find another route.

"We're used to a route. We are used to getting up in the morning and coming home at night at certain times. We realize those 30-thousand cars a day  have to go somewhere else, so it's going to take an adjustment in our travel patterns," continued Trulock.

Detour will guide drivers to nearby ways around the closed road. "There will be limited access for those who are going to the Catholic High School, or to Madison Academy, or the housing development over there, so there will be some limited access for local travel, but going over the bridge will be completely shut down."

That bridge will be completely removed, and a new one build that's wider and higher off the ground. Mayor Trulock said most of the money paying for the construction is state and federal funding. While a portion comes from the city of Huntsville.

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