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U.S. highway 72 to face another expansion

Plans are underway to expand one of the busiest roads in Huntsville…U.S. Highway 72. The plan is to expand to three lanes in each direction.

MADISON, Ala — Alabama Department of Transportation public information officer, Seth Burkett, says this proposal to expand Highway 72 goes from Providence Main out to County Line Road.

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"This is something that is already needed and that many people have been anxious to see happen. There will be some impact on property owners in the area, but of course you know, we, we try to plan it so as to have as little impact as possible."

Seth says the improvements on Highway 72 corridor can't be done all at once; so ALDOT will break it down into smaller projects.

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"The first project will be to replace those bridges near Providence Main and Indian Creek; they'll be replaced with wider, larger Britain to enable us to put the three way than each direction going through there."

Burkett says the plan is to start the project October 2023, and will be a multi-year project, going for at least two years.

"This is going to meet demand that is already there. we have anywhere from like 35,000 to nearly 50,000 vehicles traveling on U.S. 72 everyday just depending on where you're looking at along that corridor it's higher traffic volumes on the eastern end of what we're talking about and slightly lower on the west end, but it's a lot of traffic wherever you look at it."

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