ATRIP – the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, is expected to spend up to $1 billion on road and bridge projects over the next three years.
Of that money, Madison County got more than any other county in the state – more than $82 million, being applied towards widening, resurfacing and building new bridges within the county.
"We have a great opportunity to continue to move this city, this county, and this state forward as we improve the quality of life as it means to move through Huntsville by way of transportation," said State Representative Laura Hall.
One of the first projects will be replacing the Flint River Bridge on Winchester Road. They'll also widen the road.
"I think it's one of the most dangerous situations in the whole state, and Governor Bentley said he was going to look at places where safety was important," said State Representative Jim Patterson. "And I think Winchester Road qualified in that venue."
Other projects include widening Zierdt Road from Martin Road to Madison Boulevard. There are also plans to make parts of Jeff Road five lanes instead of two.
While the projects are a step in the right direction, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said there is still plenty of work to do, especially when it comes to the larger arterials in the area.
"We still have work to do," said Battle. "And we have been working with the state Governor's Office, and highway transportation to take care of our major arterials."
That includes North Memorial Parkway and other main roads that get commuters in and out of Huntsville.
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