Huntsville city council approves $30 million contract to build Northern Bypass
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - The city of Huntsville is another step closer to a new highway, circling the city and making it easy to get around. On Thursday, a $30 million contract with the Alabama Department of Transportation was unanimously approved to move forward with construction of the Northern Bypass.
The Northern Bypass is just one piece of a four-part project to create a route circling the city. It will connect Highway 53 to Hwy 72 somewhere near Gurley. On top of that, it will allow drivers to travel from Memorial Parkway to Pulaski Pike and then to the Rideout road extension. The goal is to take traffic off of some key arteries that are getting busier and busier every day.
City leaders say the overall project will be made up of the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Bypasses. The Southern Bypass will go from Hwy 431 to I-565. Meanwhile, the Western Bypass will bridge I-565 to Hwy 53.
The Eastern Bypass will connect Hwy 72 East to Hwy 431. Leaders in the town of Gurley are kicking off this project. They applied for a $2 million grant and construction for the Bypass will start in Gurley. We know this project will cost about $60 million. The City of Huntsville approved a study to figure out exactly where the Eastern Bypass will be located.
At this point, leaders don’t know exactly where the four bypasses will connect, but they hope it will take the congestion out of busier areas.
”Eventually someday we are going to see a ring road around the city which will take a large amount of traffic off the central areas of the city. Imagine being able to go from Hampton Cove to Research Park without having to go through the stop-and-go traffic of the medical district,” said Bill Kling.
This project will include funding from several cities, the state, federal dollars and money from Madison County. It will go across several cities but it will all be contained in Madison County.
We still have a long road ahead, but community members can expect to see some movement on this project in the first quarter of 2022. If all goes as planned, the final project should be completed by summer or fall of 2023.
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