Enterprise, Ala. (WDHN)—As we reported yesterday, a nearly half-million-dollar federal study will look at the feasibility of four-laning State Highway 167 from the Florida-line to Troy.
Besides being a hurricane evacuation route and the “shortest route to panhandle beaches”.
Tragically, the road over the years has been nicknamed “Bloody 167” by emergency responders. It has been the scene of numerous traffic deaths’ have occurred on this stretch of roadway from the
Florida-line to Troy.
Enterprise Businessman Ronnie Gilley operates a 16-hundred acre entertainment venue
between Enterprise and Troy.
It’s considered the “shortest route” to panhandle beaches. A decade ago, a state study indicated
between seven and eight million motorists’ annually travel the 35-mile stretch.
Bama Slam business owner Ronnie Gilley operates the 16-hundred acre facility north of Enterprise along Highway 167. He says
“Four-laning will be the goose that lays the golden egg”.
The Enterprise Chamber of Commerce has long supported the expansion. Unless there’s a four-lane route,
industry is reluctant to build a manufacturing facility. It would also help with the future construction of
a “planned” veteran’s retirement home.
Enterprise Chamber of Commerce’s Erin Grantham says
“Talking about recruiting industry here. They have to look at all facets and how can they get their supplies here quickly and safely.”
In addition to tourism and manufacturing. The federal government has been pushing to create four-lane
“evacuation routes” out of panhandle beach tourist destinations.