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Pivotal City of Huntsville road projects moving forward

Published on September 14, 2023

Several road projects designed to improve traffic safety and movement through Huntsville are moving forward.

City Council approved agreements with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to fund construction on the Northern Bypass Phase 2, and planned improvements to Martin Road and to U.S. 72.

“The projects are pivotal to our transportation infrastructure and, when complete, will help provide safer and quicker commutes for our citizens,” Mayor Tommy Battle said.

Northern Bypass

The Northern Bypass agreement is for new road construction from 1.2 miles east of Pulaski Pike to U.S. 431/North Memorial Parkway. The City of Huntsville will fund just over $2 million of the $40 million project with federal funds comprising the remaining cost.

Martin Road

Agreements related to Martin Road include a $30.2 million utility and construction agreement to add lanes from Laracy Drive to Old Jim Williams Road as well as a related $1.7 million right-of-way agreement and a $465,939 engineering agreement. The City will expend $3.2 million on construction, but federal and state funding will cover the remaining costs.

U.S. 72 East

Finally, Council approved an agreement between the City and ALDOT to construct right in / right out access along U.S. 72 East between Old Gurley and Shields roads. A separate related agreement was approved for landscaping and grading along the same stretch of 72.

With the start of these projects, the City of Huntsville will have invested $550 million in major road construction in the past eight years.