Traffic concerns surround new Walmart in Madison County

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - While a new Walmart is good news for many in Madison County, congestion on the roadways isn't.

"We're excited, it's a big day for Madison County," said Roger Jones, Madison County Commissioner, District 1.

For Bonnie Williams, this new Walmart is only two miles from her home, compared to the previous 13 miles to shop for groceries. "We want to support the opening of the Walmart and Marcus who's the manager and all the people that have come to help us have a better shopping experience in this area."

But just like all of the items in the store, the building itself comes with a price tag: traffic. That's because the county just began construction on the Flint River bridge.

"It is going to be nice when it's finished," said Jones.

But a lot of headache in the meantime. "We've just got to have a lot of patience during construction," said Jones. "The first half of the bridge is complete, the next step is move the traffic light on the south end of the bridge, align it with the new bridge, the new half a bridge. We're waiting on the subcontractor to get that job done, hopefully they'll start work on that this week, we're told."

When completed: "It'll be a four lane bridge, a five lane road with a bicycle path," said Jones.

Not to mention they'll be working on a five lane roadway in front of Walmart, to help with the traffic increase.

Williams says the traffic is worth it. "I think that things will work out. I think we just have to get used to it," said Williams. "The morning traffic might be a problem when schools start back but during the summer we'll have time to adjust."

Jones says it will be about a year and a half before the bridge is finished and the road in front of the Walmart won't be for a few years.



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