Marshall Co. leaders aim to improve a road, and ultimately business to local companies

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Marshall County Commission is working to apply for the funds to improve a part of a road that ultimately will affect local businesses.

Parts of Feemster Gap Road are narrow, and there are a lot of twists and turns. For everyday traffic that’s doable. However, there’s a sand pit off of that road, and the narrow stretches can make the going tough for heavy trucks.

Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says a joint effort between Marshall and Cullman Counties will hopefully remedy that. “The State has a certain amount of money set aside for industrial asset,” Hutcheson says. He says the aim is to build a road to help industries in the county.

Hutcheson says Cullman County is aiding the Commission in this, as the road runs through that county as well.

Hutcheson says they are applying for the funds now, and hope to get at least half of what the roughly one million dollar project is worth.

The plan is to widen part of the road and work on the layout going down the mountain. Hutcheson says by making the road more accessible for large trucks the sand pit can be better utilized. “It’s going to make some of the contractors around here have access to the sand a lot cheaper, so it should be a win-win for everyone in Marshall County and Cullman County also,” Hutcheson says.

The Marshall County Commission plans to approve the application at its next meeting.

Filed in: Northeast Alabama

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