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 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.