MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - City and county leaders in Marshall County want to alleviate traffic congestion along Highway 431. Now they're considering having a study done to make that happen.
The traffic gets bad between Guntersville and Boaz. City leaders are now contemplating putting up $250,000 to find out how to fix it.
Leaders from Guntersville, Albertville and Boaz met with county and state officials about the proposal. Some praised the idea, but others expressed concern that previous studies have ended up on the shelf with no funds to implement them.
Officials say this is not about adding lanes or even bypasses to the route. It's to find other ways, such as eliminating turns, signals and other things to make traffic flow easier.
"It's been an issue for the last several years. But with the recent developments and the new things that's been going on in Albertville, congestion is a concern, and our hopes are that through the possibility of this study that it will help our traffic flow and our access on and off 431," said Albertville Mayor Tracy Honea.
The study may also have an economic development impact, and officials are concerned it could cost them when trying to land businesses here. Marshall County Economic Development Director Matt Arnold said they don't want it to interfere with the growth of existing industries.
"f they're experiencing trouble with logistics with their trucks being able to get their products to market, then they're going to expand somewhere else and not make that expansion here," he said.
If the cities approve funding, the study is expected to take six to nine months to complete.
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