MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Drivers in Madison County should have a shorter commute soon. The state announced plans to build an overpass on Research Park Boulevard where it crosses Blake Bottom Road.
The nearly three-decade wait is almost over.
The Alabama Department of Transportation estimates 17,000 cars travel Research Park Boulevard each day. State Representative Mac McCutheon, who was born in Madison County, believes the state road has always been busy. He used to hear his parents talk about the state making it and other roads easier to drive.
"They would say they're going to four-lane Highway 53. They are planning to four-lane 53. Here I am at 60 years old. We are finally seeing it move forward," said Rep. McCutcheon.
A $5 million plan is underway to build an overpass on Research Park Boulevard at Blake Bottom Road. Drivers going home won't be the only ones getting some relief.
"This is going to help with public safety, so they can get to the other side a lot easier and quicker," said Madison County Commission Chairman-elect Dale Strong.
Strong will be sworn in as chairman November 14, 2012. He expects construction to start in the spring of 2013 and end three years later.
State Senator Bill Holtzclaw thinks drivers will have a couple of reasons to appreciate the overpass in his district.
"The biggest thing is the quality of life. Drivers won't have to drive north to come back south to go back to the west which is what they currently are having to do," said Sen. Holtzclaw.
It took more than one person to get the plans on paper and approved.
"With the local support turning into statewide support, and us being able to sell this in the legislator, it's just humbling to be part of a well-functioning team," said Rep. Phil Williams.