State senator weighs in on timetable for I-565 widening

Updated: Aug. 14, 2018 at 9:17 PM CDT
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(WAFF) - If you commute using Interstate 565, don't expect the drive to be faster anytime soon.

Commuters and elected officials want the interstate expanded to six lanes, and they want it done now. The project has a price tag of $150 million.

Funding is tight and the Alabama Department of Transportation recently said the project wouldn't be complete until the year 2043.

WAFF 48 News spoke with Sen. Arthur Orr and he expects it to be sooner. In fact, he said it must be sooner or else the economy here in the Tennessee Valley will suffer.

"If people can't get to work then businesses and companies and large industries will not look at our area because of the transportation problem, so that's the reason why this problem must be addressed as quickly as possible," said Orr.

Orr also said Huntsville is the third largest city in the state ,and in less than a decade Huntsville is projected to be the largest.

He wants to see state leaders prioritize north Alabama and set money aside for infrastructure projects that we desperately need, like the I-565 project.

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