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Ross Clark Circle expansion is moving forward

The state's plans to add new lanes should be happening in the next few months.
The Ross Clark Circle was built in the 1950's and since then businesses along the state highway have grown from only a few to hundreds. Few people would argue that improvements to the roadway haven't kept up with that growth.

Improvements have been discussed for years but so far it’s been little more than a lot of talk, but now the state appears ready to put the money where their mouth is.

"That money was designated out of Washington and actually if folks will remember about October of 2012 undesignated all monies that were used for road projects that had not been moving in a certain amount of time, so we lost that money," said Alabama Representative Paul Lee.

Now, it appears the money is back Lee said the transportation director has promised about 40 million dollars in funding. The federal government will pick up about 80 percent of the costs.

So with the financing worked out its time to move forward. On Tuesday people who have thoughts can share them with AL-Dot.

"Well have representatives there to talk one on one with you to look at the maps, let you see what we're proposing to do and then you'll have an opportunity to give us a written comment and we'll take those forms when you leave,” Mike Griffin, AL-Dot Director.

Plans will be unveiled at the meeting set to take place at Westgate Recreation Center.

"We also have found that we get a lot of comments from the public and sometimes they can show us something that we need to do that will help us address a problem that would occur at a later time,” said Griffin.

The project should begin in December, according to Griffin, and it should take about two years to complete.

The meeting will be held Tuesday June 17th at Westgate Park Recreation center at 5:00 p.m.

The project involves two point six miles of the circle from Montgomery Highway to Bauman Drive.
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