|Mayor Battle Calls for Restored Road Funding: Parkway Overpasses at Lily Flagg and Byrd Springs Roads
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2013
(Huntsville, AL) - The Alabama Department of Transportation's decision to defer more than $500 million in critical road projects for Huntsville has elected leaders and citizens calling for urgent action. ALDOT bumped 14 major road commitments down its road budget from five to 10 years, sending the Huntsville transportation plan into a tailspin.
"Huntsville is the only major city in Alabama without one complete limited access highway within its city limits," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "The north-south corridor isn't finished, I-565 stops at a traffic light just east of downtown, and we don't have a bypass or loop road around the city. These road projects are central to Huntsville's master transportation plan, and another five to 10 year delay means 20 more years before the new roads are ready."
One of the deferred projects is the South Memorial Parkway service roads and overpasses at Lily Flagg and Byrd Springs Roads. The State first committed to begin construction on this congested stretch of State Highway 231 South in 1989. Various phases of the project have been delayed for the past 24 years, but the utility relocation, right of way acquisition, engineering design, clearing and grubbing is finally complete and ready for road work to begin. To date, the State has spent more than $8 million preparing the site, and the community has invested more than $5 million.
"We have prioritized our resources and spent millions of taxpayer dollars to get this stretch of 231 ready for ALDOT so we would not hold them up," said Mayor Battle. "We honor our commitments, and we expect the State to do the same."
The Lily Flagg and Byrd Springs project was slated to begin in spring 2015. The State's new date of 2019 will add an extra $8.225 million to the $56 million price tag.
Traffic models show the usage of this section of Memorial Parkway will double in the next 15 years, well exceeding its capacity.
"This is a huge gap in completing our north-south limited access corridor," said Mayor Battle. "It is one of the most congested routes in the City and our citizens have waited long enough for relief."
Additional Information: South Memorial Parkway Project at Byrd Springs and Lily Flagg Roads | Restore Our Roads Map
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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