MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been almost a year since Madison County was awarded $50 million in the final round of a billion-dollar program to improve roads and bridges across the state.
On Monday, state lawmakers held a news conference to assure the public that a slew of road projects in Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties largely financed by the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, or ATRIP, remain on track.
“Many times over the years we’ve heard, ‘We’re going to have a four-lane highway in this particular location,’ and three years later nothing happens – that’s not going to happen in this process,” said state Rep. Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia.
“This Legislature is going to make sure that this process moves forward, working with our local officials,” said McCutcheon.
While Madison County’s $83 million led the state in overall ATRIP funding, several neighboring counties also fared well. Morgan County ($20 million), Marshall County ($16.8 million) and Limestone County ($14.04 million) were all in the Top 20 out of 67 Alabama counties.
ATRIP dollars are already helping build a new County Line Road interchange on Interstate 565 and replace two narrow bridges on Old Madison Pike just west of Cummings Research Park. Near downtown Huntsville, program funds are being used to build a new Holmes Avenue bridge over Pinhook Creek.
“We’re solving transportation issues that have been talked about for generations,” said Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong.
Many ATRIP road projects are still being designed. They’ll need to go through environmental reviews and right-of-way acquisition before the bulldozers roll. McCutcheon, a member of the ATRIP selection committee, said Madison County’s legislative delegation will hold quarterly news conferences to keep residents updated.
“We’re going to keep up-to-date information flowing to the news media and the people,” McCutcheon said.
Here’s a list of ATRIP projects in Madison County:
Widen Winchester Road bridge over Flint River, $8.4 million
Replace Wall-Triana Highway bridge over Mill Creek in Madison, $566,744, in progress
Resurface County Line Road in Madison from Mill Road to just south of U.S. 72, $1.86 million, in progress
Replace Holmes Avenue bridge over Pinhook Creek, $1.2 million, in progress
Resurface Old Madison Pike between Hughes Road and Slaughter Road, $626,456, completed
Extend Kellner Road in Madison to connect Wall-Triana Highway with Zierdt Road just south of I-565, $12 million
Widen Winchester Road from Naugher Road to Riverton Road, $9.3 million
Widen Jeff Road from south of Capshaw Road to Douglass Road, $13.5 million
Widen Zierdt Road between Martin Road and Madison Boulevard, $17.6 million
Improve Zierdt Road-Martin Road intersection just west of Redstone Arsenal Gate 7, $5 million
Improve Zierdt Road-Madison Boulevard intersection, $2.5 million
Widen Martin Road in Huntsville from Zierdt Road to Old Jim Williams Road, $12 million
Widen County Line Road in Madison from Madison Boulevard to U.S. 72, $5.26 million
New Blake Bottom Road interchange on Research Park Boulevard, $7 million
Widen Winchester Road from Flint River past Bell Factory Road, $4.5 million
Widen Winchester Road from Dominion Circle to Naugher Road, $15.5 million
Widen U.S. 72 West in Madison from between Balch and Hughes roads, $6.5 million