MADISON, Ala.(WHNT) - The morning and evening commutes for residents in Madison may soon be less congested.
Madison Mayor Troy Trulock is unveiling a multi-million dollar capital improvement plan that will hit all areas of town, with city roads clearly the top priority.
Mayor Trulock told WHNT News 19 that the seven year, $54 million project will hopefully clear up a growing list of bottlenecks that include Hughes Road, Zierdt Road, Highway 72 and Old Madison Pike. Trulock said the massive capital improvement plan is now more taxpayer-friendly thanks to Madison's recently improved AA+ credit rating, which lowered borrowing rates from 5.5% to 3.1%. Slightly less than half of the project will be funded by public bonds, but it's not yet clear how city leaders will pay for the rest of it. A hike in sales or property taxes have both been discussed as potential options, but officials have yet to committ to either.
"Roads are our number one priority," said Mayor Trulock. "We sat down with our department heads and our city council and said 'Where do we want the city of Madison to be in the next seven years?' Across the board, north, south, east, west, we're taking care of our roads throughout the city of Madison."
Expansion of the city library and construction of a new municipal sports complex are also part of the project.
"Our library is over capacity today," said Trulock. "We want to make sure that for the next seven years we build the library to that capacity. We also have recreation and greenspace. We're looking at establishing a sports complex right around our Madison City Schools Stadium."
The capital improvement plan also calls for a $6 million makeover for historic downtown Madison, which is expected to land a new brewery and other businesses in the near future.
Mayor Trulock said road-widening projects on Old Madison Pike and Eastview Lane are both scheduled to be finished by the end of 2013.