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ALDOT, Decatur residents discuss proposed toll bridge

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Rendering of proposed bridge. (Source: decaturbridge.com) Rendering of proposed bridge. (Source: decaturbridge.com)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

The Alabama Department of Transportation held a public meeting Thursday to discuss a proposed toll bridge over the Tennessee River.

ALDOT wants to construct a toll bridge over the Tennessee River connecting Highway 72 in Morgan County in the south to State Road 20 in Limestone County in the north.

The proposed plan has additional lanes, open access through lanes, and interchanges along State Road 20 through to I-65.

ALDOT representatives were on-hand to answer questions and discuss the effects of the proposed project. Maps and exhibits were made available, but no formal presentation was given.

Residents returned after the first session with mixed reaction.

Dr. Charles Elliott, a state school board member who lives in a nearby historical neighborhood, said he is not happy with the way the plans are currently set up.

"One area, for example, that has grown and that we are proud of, is the Ingalls Pavilion, the marina, and the Brickyard Landing," Dr. Elliott said. "We're looking at putting this huge entrance and interchange right next to the marina that we have spent so much effort and emotional energy on. I don't think it's going to bring any value to that section of our community."

"I feel tha they are a very good asset to Decatur," countered resident Laura Adamsky. "For one, that the congestion that is around the regular bridge that goes out of Decatur. That is where a lot of the accidents and congestion happen."

The plans are not set in stone; the transportation department is using these meeting to gauge public feedback, which could be used to alter the project.

A second session of the open-house style meeting was held later in the afternoon.

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