Infrastructure work underway in Boaz, goal to bring in businesses

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BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) -- Projects stemming from $700,000 of state funding are underway in Boaz.

At eleven o'clock Friday morning crews in Boaz were manning equipment and hauling shovels on the road near the elementary school. That stretch of road is just a sliver of what is on the list for improvements. Earlier this year the city of Boaz received funds from the State to improve infrastructure. That includes paving more than ten miles of roads and fixing sidewalks.

Mayor Tim Walker says those projects got underway this week."We are going to move pretty quickly through town," Mayor Walker says.

He says ultimately the improvements will benefit the entire city. "Industry looks at those kinds of things because they're quality of life issues, and so if you can have transportation corridors to meet the needs of industry to distribute their product, you're going to have a leg up on a lot of folks."

Marshall County's biggest employer, a Pilgrim's plant, was in Boaz. It shut down earlier this year, leaving hundreds without jobs.

Mayor Walker says these projects to improve the city will hopefully bring news businesses in. "We got a ready able workforce ready and that's something that's pretty strong to a lot of industry."

The city has been working with some potential industries to locate to Boaz, Mayor Walker says. He says the projects should be complete by November.

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