Madison County project “full speed ahead” despite ALDOT ‘halt’

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -  The fate of two Madison County road projects are up in the air because of one lawmaker’s billboard opposing Governor Bentley's tax hike plan.

Now, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) director says he he has pulled funding on the widening of Jeff Road and Highway 72 West.

But the Madison County Commissioners see no real halt in sight.

"It caught me off guard when it as listen as one of the [projects] that were stopped," said District 4 Commissioner Phil Vandiver.

He found out about the ALDOT halt on social media. The Jeff Road project is slated to cost more than $13 million, and the county is responsible for 1/3 of it.

"Nobody in the county has been informed that the project has been stopped. So we're assuming everything is full speed ahead," said Vandiver.

The road sees nearly 20,000 cars a day, and the development in the area ups the need for better and more accommodating roadways.

Vandiver says he figured a call would have been made if any official decision had been made.

"It'd be a disappointment for it to be halted. But let's say that we're looking forward to carrying it out," said Vandiver.

The project is still in the design phase with no concrete timeframe on when it's set to start due to right-of-ways purchases that are yet to be made.

But from where the commissioners are sitting, the billboard battle has no affect on the progress of the project.

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