Madison City Council cries foul over projected cost increases on Hwy 72 project

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)– Highway 72 through Madison will soon be expanded, the only question is who will be paying for the project and how much they will be asked to pitch in.

During the Madison City Council meeting Monday evening, council members raised serious concerns over the projected costs the city is on the hook for covering under the Alabama Department of Transportation plan for Hwy 72.

ALDOT will undertake a massive widening project from Providence Main Street to County Line Road in an attempt to accommodate drivers and smooth traffic flow. Plans call for eight lanes of traffic.

Madison City leaders say they knew all along they would be covering some of the costs of making Hwy 72 better, but now it appears ALDOT is asking Madison to contribute more than twice the amount the council planned.

“We are concerned about what our portion of those costs might be,” says city council member Ronica Ondocsin.

Madison City Council President Tommy Overcash added, “We could be looking at two or four million dollar over-run on this project without much control on what the changes are and we really just want to understand the project better.”

Huntsville and Madison County governments will be contributing to the project as well. ALDOT is working out the figures to find out what each municipality will be forced to pay.

Council members directed Mayor Troy Trulock to call for a meeting with ALDOT officials to get exact figures before the council will vote on allowing the funds to be used for the project.