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Huntsville eastern bypass plan to ease traffic, Councilmember Kling says

According to Kling, the plan is to ultimately create an outer road that loops around the city.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — An eastern bypass is in the works in an effort to alleviate traffic issues in Huntsville as the city continues to grow, Councilmember Bill Kling told FOX54.

"Well, to me, one of the most important things in our quality of life is to have the ability to be able to move from point A to point B in the city without being caught up in a traffic jam," said Kling.

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According to Kling, the plan is to ultimately create an outer road that loops around the city.

"This will allow traffic in the intersection of the city to not be so congested," said Kling. "Martin Luther King is under construction right now. And at the end of that at the north, would be where the Eastern bypass would connect and it would go roughly into highway 431 in Hampton Cove. And someday there'll be a Southern bypass that'll complete the circle."

There is still a long way to go before the bypass becomes a reality, though.

"My guess is probably within two or three years, we would actually see something taking place as far as purchasing of land for right away, as well as actual construction taking place," said Kling.

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Kling says the city's budget already includes funding for projects like this, so it wouldn't impact residents financially.

"We have funds that we received from property taxes as well as property tax and sales tax. And this is what's going to be used to pay for it. So there's no new tax coming on the horizon. And this will not be a toll road," said Kling.

More information about roadwork in Huntsville can be found on the city's website.