SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Construction is expected to start soon on one of Scottsboro’s worst roads, which runs directly by the Highlands Medical Center.
“We got some ATRIP money a couple of years ago for Porter Road and Woods Cove Road that extends from Highway 72 to Parks Avenue,” Scottsboro Mayor Melton Potter says, “It’s about 3.8 miles, I believe.”
Mayor Potter says now, the council approved the contract for the construction.
“The road will be widened, drainage work will also be completed along the road, and then the base will be upgraded to where it could hold more traffic,” Mayor Potter explains.
The road — which transitions from the two names — is heavily traveled. “It’s the main road that runs to the hospital,” Mayor Potter says. It’s in pretty bad shape.
“It’s just deteriorated over time, the base is failed, there’s all kinds of potholes and low spots, so it’s probably one of the two or three worst roads in our city,” Mayor Potter says.
With the approval, construction is expected to begin soon. “They have actually until October 26th to begin construction, but they have notified us that they will be starting in about two or three weeks, and once they start construction they’ll have 120 working days,” said Mayor Potter.
The city is hoping construction will be finished within a year. The project is expected to cost about $4.5 million and the ATRIP grant will cover 80 percent of it.