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June 18, 2014

Limestone leaders hope to relieve ELHS congestion

— Limestone County leaders are hoping the addition of a short road will go a long way toward reducing traffic on East Limestone Road.

Steve Turner, county commissioner for District 2, said work began this week to build a 650-foot road that will run from the southwest corner of East Limestone High School to adjacent Elkins Road. Turner said he’s hoping the road will alleviate the bumper-to-bumper gridlock that often occurs on East Limestone Road during the school year.

“Anybody who’s been on that road (during the school year) knows how bad it is,” he said. “We’re hoping this will eliminate some of that traffic.”

Turner said parents and the school would likely use the new road as a entrance and exit point for the school and during football games.

State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, donated $10,000 in TVA-in-lieu-of-tax funds to the Limestone County Board of Education for the project. He said he was approached by East Limestone High School Principal Dennis Black about the traffic problems around the school.

“The big thing I wanted to make sure of is that we weren’t creating any problems,” Holtzclaw said. “I’m glad to hear they’re moving along with it, and I hope it helps.”

Turner said the addition of the road, combined with a proposed center turn lane, will create a smoother thoroughfare for the growing population. The turn lane project, which will span from Elkins Road to East Limestone High School, was approved last July as part of the state’s ongoing Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program.

Turner said he hopes the initial dirt work for the road can be finished within the month. Once the road is cut, it will be chip sealed by the county’s paving crew.

The road is scheduled to be completed by the time school resumes in August.


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