|Huntsville and Madison Green Light Project to Widen Old Madison Pike
July 30, 2012
(Huntsville, AL) - The much-anticipated road project to widen Old Madison Pike from Thornton Research Park to Slaughter Road is scheduled to begin at the end of this year.
The $5.3 million project is designed to widen Old Madison Pike to four lanes from Thornton Research Park to a new bridge that will be constructed over Indian Creek. From the bridge to Slaughter Road, the road will be widened to five lanes.
"Huntsville and Madison residents have waiting for more than 10 years for this road project, said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. "This team that you see here today, along with our partners at the State, has worked to make it happen."
More than 25,000 vehicles travel Old Madison Pike each day, well exceeding its two and three lane capacity.
"This road is a critical corridor between Cummings Research Park, Bridge Street and Madison," said Madison Mayor Paul Finley. "We know the construction period will be inconvenient for travelers, but the payoff will be worth the wait."
Shane Davis, Huntsville's Director of Urban Development, said the Old Madison Pike project has been a priority for both Huntsville and Madison. "We have tackled the design challenges, figured out how to pay for work, and we are anxious to begin," said Davis. "These improvements will provide much needed relief to motorists who travel daily to Research Park and Redstone Arsenal."
The $5.3 million project is being funded by three sources: $2 million from the State of Alabama, $3.2 million in federal funds from the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and $800,000 from the City of Huntsville.
Davis says the City is finalizing the right-of-way acquisitions and he expects construction to begin in late 2012. The project should take about one year to complete, and bridge work will require sections of Old Madison Pike to close for about nine months. Detours and alternate routes will be well publicized during that time.
For more information, contact:
Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), firstname.lastname@example.org
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