Madison City leaders hold public meeting for proposed Zierdt Road interchange

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MADISON, Ala. - Madison City Leaders and the Alabama Department of Transportation held a public involvement meeting on Tuesday. They were seeking public feedback on a proposed interchange at Interstate 565 near Zierdt Road.

Representatives of the City of Madison, the developer, ALDOT and consultants answered any questions relative to the project. Attendees also viewed preliminary maps and tentative schedules for the construction.

The new interchange is expected to improve traffic flow in and around the interstate.

"It's needed because that interchange will feed two things," said Madison Mayor Troy Trulock. "It will help people get to Redstone Arsenal, the gate, and it will also help people get into 700 acres of economic development. It just helps us get around and do the things we want to do so it just comes back down to quality of life."

It will also create a gateway for the new economic development along I-565, Town Madison.

"I think it will provide some extra retail interest in that area, which is good for the city, as well as myself," said Madison resident Patty McMahon. "I just hope when that all comes together, it will ease some of the traffic congestion in that area."

The effort is also projected to help produce nearly $2 million per year in sales tax revenue for the area.

"It will also improve the marketability of some of the property that's in the Town Madison district, which will bring jobs, bring tax dollars, bring everything to the city of Madison," said designer Bobby Kemp.

The project will take a few years to complete and will consist of three phases. Construction is expected to begin this year on the interchange that will be about a half-mile west of Zierdt Road, and is set to be complete in June of 2017.

Feedback on the first phase on plans may still be made within 10 days of Tuesday's meeting. They will become part of the official project record.

Written comments may be left at the hearing or mailed to:

Johnny L. Harris, PE/PLS
Region Engineer, ALDOT
1525 Perimeter Pkwy NW, Ste 400
Huntsville, AL 35806-3575

Or E-mailed to: bellt@dot.state.al.us