County Road Partial Closure Approved

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PISGAH, Ala. (WHNT) -- The Jackson County Commission unanimously votes to close down a part of County Road 61 in Pisgah.

The road runs right through the middle of Pisgah School.

Recently the school board approached the Commission about the possibility of closing part of it down.

School board members say having students walk across the road on a daily basis could be dangerous.

After weeks of discussion the Commission agreed with them, and approved to shut it down.

Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says there were many aspects to weigh in on, though.

The road is a major access point in Pisgah.

Hodges says that's why the Commission approved the closure with conditions.

"The conditions were the school board pay for the cost of improving the alternate route which would be Thompson Street," Hodges says.
Hodges says the town would have to be on board as well.

"The town of Pisgah would have to release Thompson Street to the County so we can take over maintenance and operate that from this point forward, make it into a federal route hopefully."

Right now the Commission's vote is just one step.

The school board and the town have to agree to their part of the deal.

"If both of those things happen we'll have one more resolution to pass here at the County Commission, and then be ready to move forward with the project," Hodges says.

Once approved, they expect to start construction this summer.

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