HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - If your commute takes you to Ryland Pike or Highway 72 East in Madison County, starting next week you’ll have to take a new route.
The Jordan Road construction project has taken more than a year but we’re now just one week away from the cones right behind me being removed and the road being open.
“Safety is the reason the project originated. We had some severe accidents at Ryland and Highway 72. Loss of lives, loss of property,” said Madison County Commissioner Craig Hill.
Traffic lights have been added and rearranged to change the flow of traffic. A big part of this construction project is to make changes to Ryland Pike.
“We’re finally at the end. We’ll get permanent striping on the road at the end of this week and we hope the first of next week, maybe October 21st or 22nd we’ll be able to open the road and it will be a safer alternative to the Ryland Pike intersection,” said Hill.
Rylan Pike westbound will remain an on-ramp to 72, but you won’t be able to access Ryland Pike off of 72, you’ll have to come down to the Jordan Road extension.
Hill says in a couple of weeks, the dangerous left hand turn from Ryland Pike onto Highway 72 East will be closed permanently.