MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Madison County Commission is considering a proposal from Walmart to build a new super center in Hazel Green at the corner of Highway 231/431 and Charity Lane. Some residents have concerns about the traffic the retail giant may bring, but the Commission is working on a plan to combat the issue.
Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong told WHNT News 19 that the engineering department is working on a traffic plan for the potential Walmart site. “We’re seeking a solution to possibly widen Charity Lane even further to the west,” said Strong. “I think that right there is the biggest concern that’s there.”
The two lane road would hold three entrances to the development. Strong said he realizes the road needs to be bigger to handle a possible influx of traffic. “Growth is a positive thing, I think there’s been a lot of dialogue that says people are excited about this opportunity. The big thing we want to do is make sure it’s safe for people to ingress and egress out of this shopping center.”
He said the State of Alabama has a policy when it comes to Highway 231/431 but the Commission can work on the access from Charity Lane. “The County Commission has no jurisdiction over a state highway,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is, we’ve got three entrances that appear to be coming out on Charity Lane, what we’re wanting to do is maximize the turning radius’s, we want to widen the road so it will not be backed up.”
Strong said his team wants to be sure that the intersection where Charity Lane hits the highway is as safe as possible for drivers to merge.
“The days ahead are going to be exciting but we’ve got to do some modifications to make that road even safer.”