Cecil Ashburn widening project moves in different direction

The original plan called for the road to be open during the project, but city planners are changing their minds.

Posted: May 24, 2018 11:08 PM

The construction plan for widening Cecil Ashburn Drive change.

The city originally planned to keep the road partially open as crews work, but after looking at the price and timeline one city official said that plan may be scrapped.

The Director of Urban Development, Shane Davis,  said they're currently totally reshaping the plan for the project.

Instead of keeping the road open during construction, which would have cost the city $10 million more than the budgeted $15 million, he's drawing up plans to completely close the road for part of the project.

He'll present to Huntsville City Council a couple of different options to choose from at the next council meeting.

The one Daivs said he prefers will be to keep the road open during the beginning phase of the project for a few months as they grate the road.

Then Cecil Ashburn Drive would closed down completely for 8-9 months as crews drill and widen the road.

By doing this it would cut the project cost by close to $10 million from the original bid of $25 million.

It would also shorten the project from two and a half years to roughly 14 months.

Once it's presented to city council they'll have to make a decision.

Davis said the goal will be to put the adjusted project out to bid in late fall with construction starting in January of 2019.

That scenerio would allow all businesses in that area to get through the holiday shopping season without having construction impacting their business.

We'll continue to follow this story closely as city council makes the final decision.

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