MADISON, AL (WAFF) - The new County Line Road interchange at I-565 has been ahead of schedule for months.
Now, it looks like it will finish ahead of schedule and, like many Madison residents, Mayor Troy Trulock couldn't be happier about that.
"The deadline is no later than the first of May," said Trulock. "We're on track to actually beat that. So, we should be opening up this interchange in 6 weeks of less. I can't tell you exactly when, but I'll tell you less than 6 weeks."
Among the changes when it opens, there will be two new clover leafs: one, exiting westbound 565 to County Line Road; the other, exiting southbound County Line to eastbound 565. Madison put up 10 percent of the funds. The rest came with assistance from the state and federal funds.
Next on the agenda will be widening County Line Road to five lanes. Right now, it varies between four and five.
"I call it the accordion effect," said Trulock. "You kind of go 4 to 5 to 4 to 5. It's going to open up straight through for 5 lanes, It's also going to add a 10-mile walking path one way."
That path will run from Madison Boulevard to Highway 72 and will connect to the Bradford Creek Greenway. Plans are still in the works to make life easier for you by widening Highway 72 from Madison Boulevard to Providence.
"It's going to be 6 lanes," said Trulock. "It's going to have traffic control cameras that will allow all of the lights to go green at one time one direction, and then you can go north and south. So, it will just significantly improve traffic."