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Jackson Co. road closure comes with strings attached

The road will be closed, but only if improvements to a nearby road are made. The road will be closed, but only if improvements to a nearby road are made.
PISGAH, AL (WAFF) -

The Jackson County Commission has voted to shut down a main road that runs between school properties, but not without some strings attached.

School officials cited safety concerns when they originally proposed shutting down the road. Residents in the area were upset because it is their main road into town. However, the deal is not done yet.

After much debate, the Jackson County Commission voted Monday to close a section of County Road 61 around Pisgah School. School officials made the request, saying it was dangerous for students to have to walk across the road to get to school property on the other side.

For the deal to go through, the commission is requiring the city of Pisgah to turn over a block of Thompson Street to the county. They are also requiring the school board to pay for improvements to Thompson Street, so large buses can make easy entrance into the school.

Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges said simply closing the road would be bad for the community in terms of access.

"You probably would have seen further safety concerns coming from that because we didn't handle it properly," he said.

Hodges said it's an all-or-nothing deal; if the school board or the city fails to hold up their end, the county road will not be closed around the school.

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