County Line Road pain leading to economic gain for Madison

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - The six-mile stretch of County Line Road sandwiched between Interstate 565 and Highway 72 is dotted with dozens of commercial "For Sale" signs.

They are easy to spot with the slower construction zone speeds. But thanks to that construction, the properties are finally generating more traffic.

"It's 800 acres, from County Line Road north, 800 acres that was not being developed," said Madison Mayor Troy Trulock.

The opening of the interchange and the widening of the corridor, though, are providing an economic green light.

"There's a business, if you drive down there now, two-and-a-half acres on County Line Road, couldn't even get anybody to look at the two-and-a-half acres because you didn't have the interchange, so there wasn't trafficability," said Trulock. "The owner, when we did the ribbon cutting said 'Thank you, I now have somebody interested in my two-and-a-half acres of property.'"

Less than six months after that ribbon cutting, the foundation is already being poured for a new Payless convenience store. Just north of there, trees are coming down for another new development.

"Three different groups of owners came together and said, 'We're ready to develop,'" said Trulock.

More than 20,000 vehicles per day travel County Line Road and Trulock said that number is likely to double in the next decade. With patience, the roadway pain will continue to lead to economic gain.

"You have to put the roads and infrastructure in place and when you do, the businesses and the residences will come in, but they have to have a way to get to and from their locations," he said.

Work on County Line Road is expected to be complete by January of 2017.