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Road widening project set to ease traffic at East Limestone High School

WAAY 31 looked into how much the project will be, where the money is coming from, and the impact it will have on neighbors.

Posted: Nov 2, 2017 5:25 PM

A roughly $780,000 road widening project in front of East Limestone High School is now waiting on final approval before construction can begin.

This project has been four years in the making.

Charles George lives just down the street from the school.

He said it's a traffic nightmare every morning on East Limestone Road.

"I have seen it all the way to the store. Back to the crossroads there," said George.

The crossroad he's talking about is Capshaw Rd. and East Limestone Rd.

That's roughly three quarters of a mile away from the school where just over 1,200 kids go every day of the week.

Marc Massey in one of the engineers from the Limestone County Commission working the project.

He said the population boom in the areas surrounding the school is the reason behind the widening project.

"This area of the county is bar far the fastest growing area of the county," said Massey.

80% of the money for the project is coming from the Alabama Department of Transportation and 20% is coming from Limestone County.

The next step will be to approve moving the utilities currently lining the road, which could happen at the Limestone County Commission meeting Monday, November 6th.

A consequence of that means having to buy the front yards of several houses along East Limestone Rd.

Charles George owns one of those houses, which is why he has mixed emotions about the project.

"I think it's good, because I know they need it, but I just hate it to see it come over on me anymore," said George.

The county commission anticipates having all of the land bought for moving the utilities by the end of the year.

Construction on the road will then start in early spring after the utility lines are moved.

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