Upcoming South Memorial Parkway construction worries locals

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The south end of Memorial Parkway will see big change next year. The city of Huntsville will be accepting bids on a project to build an overpass in early 2015. But people in the area worry about the construction and how it will impact their day to day lives. City officials say they plan to build the access roads and overpass simultaneously, in one phase to limit the burden. Still, the community fears it may be a devastating blow to business and transportation.

The overpass plan is for Byrd Spring Road and Lily Flagg Road. Local businesses fear their customers will not be able to get to them.

"I hope they're smart enough to make sure they don't limit the access to where poeple can still get in and enjoy coming here," said David Yohn, the owner of D&L Bistro. He says he is apprehensive about the upcoming project because it could easily devastate his business. Although the completion of the project should increase access and attract new business, motorists are also concerned about road congestion during the construction phase.

"Traffic will propbably be really bad everyday, especially with the last time they built an overpass it took forever," said Dairian Steinke, who says the last overpass project caused extra congestion in area, forcing her to leave earlier every day to get to work. The city is working with ALDOT to try to push much of the roadwork to night hours.

"So the peak commercial business activity, that 8-5 traffic that the front door business wants, is not impeded by a lot of construction activity, and when they're closed, the construction activity is open," said Shane Davis, the Urban Development Director for the city. Davis says the project is expected tot ake 24 months start-to-finish. The work is expected to commence summer 2015.

The threat of construction caused Victoria's Cafe to close at the south parkway location. The restaurant said that after 22 years, the upcoming project would negatively affect their business. The restaurant made the announcement Thursday.



  • Chuck

    “The threat of construction caused Victoria’s Cafe to close at the south parkway location”.
    I believe the writing was on the wall before any mention of construction.

  • Jim

    Yeah, I dont believe that for one minute that the construction had anything to do with it..It hasnt even started and wont until 2015..

  • Michael

    Meh, temporary inconvenience in the long run. Even though the one they built around Whitesburg took forever, it was certainly worth it.

  • Country Boy

    Let’s see….moved the subsidized housing project from HH area to Benaroya Lane to a building with a pool against resident’s wishes, street walkers on Byrd Spring Rd., Drug deals galore at any spot in the area especially corner gas stations, Shopping center on Whitesburg, now the overpasses….Welcome to North Huntsville South Huntsville residents! Good luck with that! People don’t matter to Huntsville government….MONEY, and only money DOES! What about Huntsville City providing Huntsville services to the people that bought property in Limestone County that the greedy b_____ds in Huntsville annexed? Plus, how does a gas station in Limestone county sell alcohol to go on a Sunday because they claim they are in Huntsville City limits when Huntsville does not provide services for the property they acquired in another county? There isn’t even a city limit sign! Same goes for Madison goofballs. AND…good luck when deciding exactly what police department has jurisdiction!

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