Marshall County in early stages of improving Feemster Gap Road

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- Marshall County officials are in the early stages of a road improvement project they hope will help boost area businesses.

Sections of Feemster Gap Road in Marshall County are narrow, which makes it hard for large trucks to pass through. With a sand pit located just off the road, County Commissioners say that causes an issue.

The county applied for an industrial access grant to help improve the road, and the county now has more than $500,000 to use.

The plan is to improve roughly one mile of road. Commission Chairman James Hutcheson said the project is in the early stages."It's going to be used for widening the road, from the sand pit all the way up the mountain," Hutcheson said,"That road is anywhere from 12 to 18 feet wide. So we'll probably widen it out to about 20 feet wide."

Commissioners say improvements allow trucks an easier access to pass through, and the increase in transportation will in turn help area industries. "It will help build the road, it's going to create jobs, it's going to open that sand pit up, so it will be real beneficial to everyone in Marshall County," Hutcheson said.

County leaders say they expect work to begin on this project sometime early next year. Initially the project was a joint effort between Marshall and Cullman counties, but Hutcheson says now it is solely a Marshall County project.

Officials say they are optimistic the grant, which will not have to be repaid, will fund the majority of the project's costs.

3 comments

  • What'sTheRealReason

    This sand pit is already being used. The trees are being cleared and they are starting to mine sand again. The only jobs this will create are the ones building the new road. I really don’t see how this will benefit more than a handful of people, there are far worse roads in that area, with higher traffic that should be priority over this. The only people using it will be the people who are working in the sandpits and like I said, that’s already happening.

  • What'sTheRealReason

    “they hope will help boost area businesses.”
    There aren’t any businesses in that area, it’s in the middle of no where. Look it up. Something is funny about this deal I think.
    If the company mining the sandpits wants a better road in and out that’s fine, let them build it. Why should the tax payers have to pick up the bill?!

  • What'sTheRealReason

    One more thing that’s bothering me about this, the people mining the sand are getting their nice new road to travel up and down, what about all of the people who live between there and the highway? Their roads will be damaged even more (the’re already falling apart, and all the county does for them is mound up asphault and gravel) with the increase in large truck traffic residence of the area are going to be left in a worst position than they’re already in! With no use for this “new” road because Fry Gap is just up the road and generally more convenient.

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