The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

July 31, 2012

Huntsville firm awarded contract on U.S. 72 project

— A Huntsville firm submitted the low bid on a project to resurface and add a center turning lane to 12.51 miles of U.S. 72 from just west of the Athens city limits to the Elk River bridges.

Reed Contracting Service Inc. submitted a bid of $6.02 million for the project, which was let on Friday. Keenum Construction of Muscle Shoals submitted a bid of $6.8 million, while Wiregrass Construction of Montgomery submitted a bid of $7.1 million.

Officials with the Alabama Department of Transportation estimated the total cost would be between $5.9 million and $7.2 million. The project is expected to last 180 working days.

Since 1994, there have been at least 32 deadly crashes along the stretch of road, though Coroner Mike West said there have been no deaths this year.

Though there are center-turning lanes in certain spots, the absence of turn lanes throughout means drivers are often forced to stop in the middle of the road to take a left onto a side street.

In 2004, then-Gov. Bob Riley promised to add a fifth lane, which would allow motorists to turn left without stopping traffic behind them or causing wrecks.

1
Text Only
Local News
Poll

What is your favorite Easter candy?

Chocolate bunnies
Marshmallow chicks
Chocolate eggs with filling
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee