ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Linton Road in Athens is 16 feet wide. At first glance it may look like a perfectly good street, but there’s one big problem. The one mile stretch of road off Nick Davis Road is so narrow, many cars end up having to pull off the road to let a truck pass. It makes it tough for fire trucks, school buses, and garbage trucks to use the road.
For the fire department, a small delay could have tragic consequences, especially with a daycare center on Linton Road.
According to Athens Fire and Rescue Chief Tony Kirk, “It could delay our response by a few seconds, and in an emergency situation, that could mean a life.”
On Monday night, the city council authorized the mayor to enter into an agreement between the city, the county, and a private developer to widen the road. The cost will be shared between them with the city paying for about 60% of the cost, the private developer about 30%, and the county about 10%.
The first phase will cost about $75,000. The second phase next year will cost about $100-$120.
The road will be widened to about 20 feet. Construction on the road is expected to begin this fall.