HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Get ready for the long haul. That was the general consensus at a news conference on Saturday. However, city officials told WHNT News 19 that the next major phase of road improvements to Old Madison Pike will be worth the wait.
The construction began Monday, March 10, effectively closing more than a half-mile section of the road for the next 15 months. Motorists will be asked to use detour routes in the area until construction is complete.
The $5.15 million project encompasses work from Jan Davis Drive to Slaughter Road and includes a new four-lane roadway, bridges, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and a new greenway parking area. The project is funded through $3 million in federal dollars, $377,000 in state monies and $1.76 million from the City of Huntsville.
"These improvements not only help traffic flow, they will also greatly improve safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "This has been a dangerous section of road for many years because of its sharp curves and narrow bridges. The new road will eliminate those hazards.”
Old Madison Pike is one of Huntsville’s most highly traveled roads because of its proximity to Cummings Research Park and Bridge Street. The roadway also serves as a primary corridor for Madison residents who work in Research Park and on Redstone Arsenal.
“These improvements will provide much-needed relief for our citizens traveling to and from Madison and Huntsville,” said Madison Mayor Troy Trulock. “We are pleased to see work get under way, and we encourage all motorists to exercise patience and caution until the project is complete.”
Detour routes will be in place on Monday to direct motorists to travel Slaughter Road to Madison Boulevard to Governor’s West. To access CRP, drivers may also use Slaughter Road to Farrow Road to Explorer Boulevard. Access for local traffic will be maintained at all times with the exception of the Madison Academy entrance along Old Madison Pike and the Indian Creek Greenway Parking area.
Reed Contracting will perform the work. The roadway is anticipated to reopen by June 2015.
Old Madison Pike Fast Facts:
- Approximately 3,000 feet of roadway improvements
- 4-lane roadway from Jan Davis Drive to Slaughter Road
- Two new bridges, approximately 400 feet in length consisting of decorative railing elevated above the flood zone. New bridges will be 8-10 feet higher than the current bridge elevation.
- 5-foot wide concrete sidewalk on the north side
- 4-foot wide asphalt bike lanes adjacent to the roadway on both sides
- New greenway parking area on north side of Old Madison Pike, east of Indian Cree