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Big changes are coming to the Rocket City to improve roadways

This project is estimated to cost over $200 million and will take years to complete.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Major plans are in store for improving the I-565 Interchange and Memorial Parkway in Huntsville.

These roadways were built back in the '80s and are now working at double the capacity that they were built for originally. This project will cost over $200 million dollars and take years to complete. The main objectives are to increase the flow of traffic and further ensure safety in this highly traveled intersection.

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"It was built for about 48,000 trips a day and it has almost 100,000 trips a day which are coming through that one interchange. It's our major corner for our north/south corner and our east/west corners, so it's a major intersection for that. So, we gotta continue working on that to make sure that we can keep traffic flowing in the City of Huntsville," said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

Mayor Battle recently went out to Washington and spoke with state senators and representatives in hopes of adding these changes to the Federal Highway Administration's priority project list.

And with Huntsville on its way to becoming the biggest city in Alabama, Mayor Battle says it's not about being the biggest, but the best - and this is one way Huntsville can achieve that.

Listen to Mayor Battle's full interview with WZDX:

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