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Build Our Roads: New Improvements to Martin Road Will Enhance Gate 7 Entrance to Arsenal

City of Huntsville FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2015

(Huntsville, AL) - Improvements to Martin Road, on and off of Redstone Arsenal, are creating a major east-west traffic corridor into Gate 7 at Zierdt Road. The City of Huntsville worked in partnership with Redstone Arsenal to recently complete the final two miles of the four-lane divided highway on base, providing motorists with enhanced access from Gate 1 at Martin Road on South Memorial Parkway to Gate 7 at Zierdt. The cost to the City was $7.7 million.

"This is an example of how our community responded to the BRAC jobs coming into Huntsville," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "We have helped to improve internal capacity on base, and now we are working to extend Martin Road to the airport, providing Arsenal employees traveling in from the west with an improved, faster route to work."

Martin Road is further being widened into a five-lane divided highway from Gate 7 at Zierdt Road to Glenn Hearn Boulevard at the Huntsville International Airport. The project includes a four-foot bike lane and five-foot sidewalk on each side of the roadway. This will provide motorists traveling in from I-565 an easy and direct alternative route into the Arsenal from the popular Gate 9 entrance at Research Park Boulevard.

Additional help with capacity at the Gate 7 entrance also comes from work under way at Zierdt Road. The two-lane road is also being improved and widened into a four-lane roadway with a 12-foot multiuse path.

More than 40,000 cars enter and exit Redstone Arsenal each day, and Mayor Battle says these road improvements are critical in the City's ability to move traffic on and off post," said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. "Huntsville is committed to providing a strong transportation network for our citizens and commuters, and we thank our partners at Redstone for working with us on these important routes."

The total cost for all of the projects is $60 million and the roadways are projected to be fully complete by mid-2018.

"This is another example of the team approach in everything we do," said Colonel William Marks, Redstone Arsenal Garrison Commander. "On behalf of the 38,000 workers on Redstone Arsenal, I thank you."

Additional Files
Project Map (.pdf file) | Project Details

### For more information, please contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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