New Road Project Would Create Gateway To Downtown Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The $100 million Twickenham Square development is currently the largest project in Huntsville's effort to revitalize downtown. City leaders want to do all they can to draw people to the mixed use development.

On Thursday the city council approved the purchase of two medical district office buildings that will be demolished to make way for what they are calling "Gateway Boulevard."

"We've had a tremendous effort in making Huntsville a special place to come, and with our partners and the city's commitment to revitalizing downtown Huntsville. This road will really serve as a gateway to downtown," said Michelle Jordan, city Planning Director.

The project will expand the existing Harvard Road, South of Governors Drive, north to Big Spring Park, ending at Williams Avenue, where Lowe Avenue is now.

It will be four lanes, with a large grassy median, sidewalks, and a bike lane. Plans also call for extending Davis Circle to the roundabout on Monroe Street.

In all the project will cost about $8 million. Well worth it for city planners who hope the expansion will encourage people to get to downtown Huntsville, explore the shops, eat lunch, and spend the day.

"It will serve as an important piece in the puzzle to make downtown really everyone's back yard," said Jordan.

Construction is expected to begin in late May or early June, with the project being completed by Summer 2015.