|Restore Our Roads: Mastin Lake Road Overpass on North Memorial Parkway
June 26, 2013
(Huntsville, AL) -The Mastin Lake Road Overpass on North Memorial Parkway is one of 14 casualties in the Alabama Department of Transportation's road budget for Huntsville.
The project has been under design for about 13 years, and ALDOT has decided to further delay the $20 million overpass from its projected start date in 2018 to 2023. The deferral increases the cost of the project to nearly $50 million, and it halts the overall road plan for North Huntsville and future projects for North Memorial Parkway, including the Northern Bypass.
"Huntsville has waited decades for the completion of the Memorial Parkway, north-south corridor, and we cannot withstand any more delays," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "We are rapidly reached the break point where the Parkway will be at capacity before it is ever finished."
ALDOT announced it will defer more than $400 million in critical road projects for Huntsville from five to 10 years due to shortfalls in gas tax revenues. The delay means the roads would not be complete for at least another 10 to 20 years or more.
Madison County ranks 3rd in gas tax revenues generated for the State of Alabama, and the County has sent approximately $72 million per year, on average, from 2000 to 2012 in gas tax receipts to the State.
"We have prioritized our resources and spent millions of taxpayer dollars to support ALDOT in the effort to complete the overpasses on Memorial Parkway," said Shane Davis, Director of Urban Development. "We have done our part in meeting our obligations, and we need the State to uphold their commitment."
Mayor Battle has noted that Huntsville is the only major city in Alabama without one complete limited access highway within its city limits. Montgomery, Birmingham and Mobile benefit from multiple Interstates running through their corridors including I-65, I-85, I-20 and I-10. Yet, Huntsville is listed as the fastest growing metro area in the State of Alabama and #23 in the region over the next five years by the Metro Magnets Index.
Pushing critical road projects further out will only stifle growth and add further congestion.
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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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