Woods Cove Road construction in Scottsboro causing concerns among some residents

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Construction on a heavily traveled thoroughfare in Scottsboro is causing some concerns for residents.

Cars bump slowly along on Woods Cove Road in Scottsboro. The road is constantly full of traffic and runs past the hospital. Further down, a worker stands with a sign beckoning or stopping traffic as the road narrows to one lane. Heavy equipment lines the side of the road.

“This is part of some ATRIP money that we received to do basically a rebuild of Porter Road from Highway 72 to Woods Cove Road, to the four-way stop here in Scottsboro,” Mayor Melton Potter says.

Mayor Potter says the construction is a complete overhaul of the road, and it needed it. “We’re upgrading the base, widening the road, doing culvert work, and drainage work,” Potter says.

It is necessary, but the construction makes for slow going.

Construction started back in October but the city says since then they’ve already gotten several calls from residents with complaints. “I have spoken to the engineer and the general contractor,” Mayor Potter says, “Every time we get a complaint, no matter what it is, we touch base with them and let them know about the complaint and ask them to work with us so it doesn’t happen again.”

The goal is to alleviate any undue issues and help this project move as quickly as possible. The project is estimated to be complete in early spring.
The city says emergency vehicle traffic to the hospital is not hindered by construction.