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Huntsville reveals five-year plan for road projects

Some 36 road projects are incorporated into a five-year plan. (Source: WAFF file) Some 36 road projects are incorporated into a five-year plan. (Source: WAFF file)

Prepare to see a lot of orange cones for the next five years around the city of Huntsville.

It's all part of a massive road project hitting almost every part of the city and definitely impacting the thousands of drivers who commute to the city every day.

“Roads may not be glamorous items in the fiscal budget, but anything that improves our daily commute enhances our quality of life,” said Mayor Tommy Battle.

The road work is valued at more than $383 million that the city and state will essentially split.

Huntsville has quickly become a hub for retail, a medical center and employment center. It also draws a workforce from 14 different counties.

“In the big picture, we have 110,000 people commuting to jobs each day in and out of Huntsville, and these road projects keep us viable as a regional economic center. Our strategic corridors are essential in growing our employment base in North Alabama,” added Mayor Battle.

The road projects are in various stages of development, ranging from physical construction to right-of-way acquisition, design engineering, and environmental assessments.

All of the roadways, however, are expected to be completed in approximately five years.

Road Projects include:

  • Eight major road projects in the “Restore Our Roads” cost-sharing package with the State of Alabama. Cost $221,500.
  • Four Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) projects. Cost $69 million.
  • Fifteen locally funded projects. Cost $92 million.

Roadways currently under construction or about to begin construction include:

  • 4-lane Old Madison Pike from Jan Davis Drive to Slaughter Road (completion in April 2015)
  • US 72 East at Moores Mill Road (construction beginning in October)
  • Holmes Avenue Bridge (completion in January 2015)
  • 4-lane Zierdt Road Phase III from Madison Boulevard to Martin Road (northbound lane construction beginning late 2014)
  • 5-lane Weatherly Road extension for Grissom High (completion in July 2015)
  • Downtown Gateway at Harvard Road (completion in December 2015)
  • US 431 intersection improvements- turn lanes and signal light at Caldwell Lane (completion in January 2015)
  • 4-lane Martin Road from Zierdt Road to Rideout Road on Redstone Arsenal (completion in January 2015)
  • Church Street Phase II 5-lane roadway from Oakwood Avenue to Pratt Avenue (completion in October 2014)

Click here to see a PDF file incorporating details of all the above-listed projects.

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