Road Work to Start Monday to Replace Narrow Bridges on Old Madison Pike

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Drivers have fought the bottleneck for years, demanding improvements to widen Old Madison Pike between Slaughter Road and Cummings Research Park.

Good news and bad news, folks. The good news – work starts Monday to replace the two narrow bridges. The bad news – it’s going to take more than a year, and you’ll need to find an alternate route.

Work will begin Monday, March 10 at 6 a.m. Old Madison Pike will be closed between Slaughter Road and Jan Davis Drive.

The City of Huntsville Engineering Department says the busy stretch of road likely won’t re-open until June 2015.

Both intersections, Old Madison Pike at Slaughter and at Jan Davis, will remain open. Only local traffic will be allowed through.

The official detour is for eastbound traffic to go on Slaughter Road to Madison Boulevard/Highway 20. At the traffic light, turn left onto Governors West. The road meets up with Old Madison Pike at Bridge Street Town Centre.

Westbound traffic can take the opposite route, Governors back to Madison Boulevard, then to Slaughter Road to Old Madison Pike.

Madison Academy will only be accessible from the Slaughter Road entrance during this time.

Access to the Indian Creek Greenway along Old Madison Pike will be closed during this time. Please use Greenway access through the Creekwood Subdivision along Slaughter Road at the Maple Valley Drive. You can follow signs to the Greenway parking area.

3 comments

  • n. richardson

    Back in the fifties it used to take over an hour to go from Decatur to Huntsville, and the last part was from Madison down the pike. Glad they are finally widening those old bridges.

  • Julie Trent Haralson

    I don’t understand how this went from a project that was supposed to be accomplished with only a 6 month closure, supposedly working around the existing traffic as much as possible, to a 15 month closure. Traffic studies have shown that this is going to impact thousands of drivers daily, putting them onto other roadways, none of which are prepared to handle the influx. This project could have been accomplished by building a new 2 lane on the ground that has been cleared on the south side of Madison Pike. They could then shunt traffic to the new road, rebuild the existing 2 lane, ending up with a divided 4 lane road.

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