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.