HUNTSVILLe, Ala. (WHNT) -- The Huntsville City Council approved a $6.9 million contract to four-lane Martin Road on the west side of Redstone Arsenal Thursday evening.
Mayor Tommy Battle said he expects Reed Contracting Services to begin widening the busy stretch of road within the next month.
Reed Contracting's bid was the lowest of four road-building firms competing for the job. Wiregrass Construction submitted a bid of $7.6 million, APAC Mid-South, $8.1 million, and Angelo Iafrate Construction, $8.8 million.
Mayor Battle said widening that stretch of Martin Road should make Gate 7 more attractive to arsenal employees from Limestone and Morgan counties, west Huntsville and the City of Madison who now use congested Gate 9 on Rideout Road.
"We're hoping it will relieve some pressure on Gate 9, which is almost over capacity at this point," Battle said Thursday.
The council approved the contract on a 4-0 vote. Councilman Richard Showers was hospitalized earlier in the week and missed the meeting.
(Our news partners at The Huntsville Times contributed to this report)