MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - During a news conference on Friday morning, Madison County officials said the approval is secured for the Madison County interchange at Zierdt Road for access to Town Madison. Construction will begin in 2016 and will be complete in 2017.
The interchange will improve the interstate access for Madison and allow for the new developments at the proposed Madison shopping plaza, Town Madison, and Intergraph Campus sites. City officials said it will also provide an additional interstate access route for Redstone Arsenal commuters using Gate 7 on Zierdt Road and help with backups at Gate 9 on Research Park Boulevard.
Residents near the proposed Town Madison asked lots of questions when they first heard the news about this new shopping center near their homes.
The shopping center in the works will be 625,000 square feet. The development is planned to sit on the southwest corner of the intersection of Zierdt Road and I-565.
The Town Madison Cooperative District includes over 700 acres of land whose boundaries go from Wall Triana Boulevard to Zierdt Road and fronts along the south side of I-565. The site is expected to be home to over 800,000 square feet of new developments like retail stores and restaurants as well at 700,000 square feet of office space and hotel rooms.
City officials said the total investment for this project is estimated to be over $300 million and will create approximately 1,600 new jobs.
"The approval of this interchange and the economic activity that it will bring is a game changer for Madison County," said Madison County Commissioner Steve Haraway. "This interchange will transform the entire area and bring new revenues to our local schools and governments and new jobs for our community."
Officials said three school systems in Madison County will benefit from the new project. It is projected that the project will produce $1.8 million a year in new sales tax dollars that will be split between the City of Huntsville, City of Madison, and Madison County School Systems.
"This new interchange will help relieve traffic congestion at the Wall Triana Interchange as well as for Madison Boulevard," said Madison Mayor Troy Trulock. "Any time we can team with other governments to build new roads, bring new jobs and provide new amenities for our city is a win-win."
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