|US 72 East/Moores Mill Road Project Faces a Decade Delay from ALDOT
July 11, 2013
(Huntsville, AL) - Road improvements scheduled for construction next year at the end of I-565 on Highway 72 from Moores Mill Road to Dug Hill Road won't take place until 2024, according to a revised schedule from the Alabama Department of Transportation.
The $103 million dollar multi-staged project included a interchanges at Moores Mill and Shields Road, and lane upgrades from Shields Road to Dug Hill Road. By 2024, the price tag will increase at least another $54.6 million.
"More than 52,000 people commute to work in and out of Huntsville each day and thousands of those travel from Jackson Country through this congested area," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "We can't afford to have I-565 end at a traffic light in one of the city's major corridors."
ALDOT deferred 14 of Huntsville's major road projects from five to 10 years citing a lack of funding. However, the I-565/Moore's Mill project is fully funded through the federal government's Appalachia Regional Commission (ARC) and no matching state funds are required.
"We understand limited budgets, and we are willing to work with the State on a revised plan," said Mayor Battle. "Our priority is to restore three of our critical road projects, at that includes I-565 at Moores Mill Road."
The ARC funds three important transportation corridors in Northern Alabama as part of the Appalachian Development Highway System. These corridors are named V (Huntsville Metro Area), X and X-1 (Birmingham Metro Area). ARC funds are given to ALDOT to determine distribution and timeline of projects.
According to state reports, from 2013 to 2022, ALDOT will spend $442 million on Corridors X and X-1 in Birmingham and $300,000 on Corridor V in Huntsville. From 2023-2032, ALDOT will allocate more than $3 billion toward work on Corridors X and X-1 and will spend $156 million in Huntsville on the Moores Mill and Shields Road interchanges and lane improvements to Dug Hill Road. No additional road projects are planned for the Huntsville corridor through 2032.
"We understand the funding issues ALDOT is facing, and we are not asking for any additional ARC monies for new projects at this time," said Urban Development Director Shane Davis. "All we are asking from the State is for the construction date for I-565 at Moores Mill to be moved up within the 10-year spending plan."
Additional Information: ARC_Road Project Data for Hwy 72 | Restore Our Roads Map
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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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