MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Roads are busy in Madison, and that's not about to change. However, there's relief on the way in the form of 15 road or bridge projects currently underway.
Madison Mayor Troy Trulock was our guest on Leadership Perspectives recently. This is WHNT News 19's weekly segment where we talk with newsmakers in the Tennessee Valley.
"The good news is, we're under construction. The bad news is, we're under construction," Trulock said.
He likened the problem to surgery.
"If you have a shoulder problem or a knee problem, you need to go to the doctor and take care of it. It's painful to go through surgery, and then the six months of recovery is painful, but that's kind of where we are today, in the City of Madison with our roads - we're in surgery... but at the end of the day, when we finish these construction projects, life is going to be so much better," Mayor Trulock added.
Trulock said County Line Road improvements have been a major focus, as well as the County Line Road interchange with I-565, which is due to be finished in 2015.
The interchange will give people two areas to fully access I-565, instead of just at Wall Triana.
Improvements are also underway on Old Madison Pike. This project is managed by the City of Huntsville, but Trulock said that will benefit Madison residents too.
This led to questions about Madison's partnership with Huntsville, which has been rocky in the past.
Trulock likened it to coaching. He has coached 70 teams in Madison, and says he's learned from that experience you can't do it alone.
"I believe in teamwork. Mayor Battle believes in teamwork. Chairman Dale Strong believes in teamwork," Mayor Trulock said.
"The latest census shows Madison County is growing, and the reason for that is we have a great partnership with Huntsville City, Madison County and Madison City," Trulock added.
Trulock calls it 'vertical integration' - everyone working together from the top down -- from U.S. Senators and U.S. congressmen, to state senators and representatives to Madison County commissioners and Madison and Huntsville city councilmen.
He said in the 10 cities he's lived in, due to military moves, he's never seen the vertical integration as good as it's been here.
"Because we all agree, we all get in the boat and we all row in the same direction, that
helps us. We help Redstone Arsenal, they help us, we're helping them, bringing jobs here. It's that vertical integration, as well as the close collaboration with our
municipalities that helps us be successful," Mayor Trulock said.
He mentioned the success in the last two military Base Realignment and Closures. He said prior to the last 2 BRACs, there wasn't much collaboration. Trulock also said teamwork is what brought Remington here.
Back to roads - there has been a great deal of growth on Highway 72. But Highway 72's traffic is a nightmare at certain times of the day.
Trulock said there are plans to six-lane Highway 72 from County Line Road all the way to Providence. He hopes to see construction begin by 2016.
Mayor Trulock said Madison's economy is driven by the school system.
He said the school system brings families in. Rooftops come, and businesses see the new housing growth and add locations to serve the residents.
Can Madison keep growing? Trulock said yes. He said the city is eyeing farmland on County Line Road to the west for the future.