North Alabamians deal with road projects funding cuts

Published: Feb. 27, 2015 at 10:17 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 27, 2015 at 9:17 PM CDT
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NORTH ALABAMA (WAFF) - North Alabamians are left dealing with the consequences of

, specifically those living and working near those projects.

North Alabamians who travel down Highway 72 or Jeff Road have been looking forward to these projects for a long time now.

In 2013, residents got a first look at the plans for widening part of Jeff Road.

People who live or drive that stretch say it is overly congested and is only getting worse.

Many feel caught in the middle of a political feud.

The $30 million Highway 72 west road project has already been pushed back several times over the last decade or so.

At last check, the widening to six lanes was supposed to start in 2016. Now of course, that is in limbo for the moment.

One man said the roads desperately need the work, no matter what it takes.

"Jeff Road fills up at about 5 o'clock and it takes about a half hour just to use Jeff Road," Ronald Peaslee said. "So, it is just killing the neighborhood and preventing progress in the neighborhood. So, something has to be done."

Peaslee and others said they don't believe they are getting the return on investment given all of the taxes they pay already.

However, many say if the money from raising those taxes helps finish the road projects in North Alabama, then it is worth it.

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