WOODSTOCK, Ala. (WIAT)-Because of some much recent economic growth and higher traffic volume, the Alabama Department of Transportation is planning a major road expansion project on a busy highway in west Alabama.
The road work is scheduled to begin in early 2020 but Bibb County commissioner Rodney Stabler is excited because he says it’s a good sign that more growth means more jobs.
“Here in the next two to three years this is a good opportunity for more jobs coming in. Not just Bibb county but surrounding counties, Tuscaloosa County, Bessemer and Birmingham it’s a nice place to work” Stabler said.
Highway eleven will be expanded from two lanes to four lanes that will stretch seven miles from Woodstock in Bibb County to Vance in Tuscaloosa County. John McWilliams from ALDOT says a big part of the effort is because of economic growth from Mercedes Benz. Eight months ago the company broke ground to build a new plant along highway eleven and will produce electric batteries.
“Yeah, it’s really big, lots of population growth in that area and with the booming businesses and industry it’s important we do what we can do to improve that area,” McWilliams said.
McWilliams says the highway is one of the most well-traveled roadways in West Alabama. County Commissioner Rodney Stabler.
“Investing 46 million dollars into a four-lane from Woodstock all the way to Mercedes-Benz and makes it easier access to get into the industrial park, so they can continue growth.”
The road expansion should take three years to complete and will cost $46 million dollars.