UPDATE: Homer Nance Road Improvements Expected to Be Complete Before School Starts

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Homer Nance road is the route to two Madison County Schools in close proximity to one another. With road improvements still underway and detours through small neighborhoods still in effect parents are asking for an update on the status of the project: will the heavy equipment be cleared out before school halls are flooded with students?

District One Madison County Commissioner Roger Jones says the road will be complete in time come heck or high water.

"It's been a long process," admits Jones. "We got a little bit of a late start; we've had some rain delays and problems that we didn't expect but I think the community is going to be really proud of that road when it's opened because it's going to be very nice and a lot safer."

Jones reports curbs have been poured and Wednesday also saw the final base level of gravel laid down. Jones says paving crews should arrive around noon Thursday with paving beginning that afternoon and ending Friday morning. While it may put some pressure on crews, Jones remains quite confident the route to Mt. Carmel and Riverton schools will be wide open before Monday's class roll call.

"Patience is always good but it's going to happen and I assure you that road is going to be open," promised Jones. "If we have to open it before it's paved we'll do it to get those busses through - the road will be open."

Crews have been working for more than a month to cut down a hill on Homer Nance Road by about 4 feet in order to improve safety and visibility.

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