Plans to widen Highway 72

highway-72 copyMADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – During a closed-door meeting on Friday, Madison Mayor Troy Trulock and two city council members came to an agreement with ALDOT leaders over how much the city would pay to widen Highway 72.

On Monday, the city council raised concern that the project would cost more than twice as much as the city had planned.

But after city leaders walked through the widening project with ALDOT leaders on Friday, the two sides came to an agreement. The city will pay 2.2 million dollars for the construction, which is about 5 percent of the total cost of the project.

Mayor Trulock tells WHNT he’s very thankful for the agreement with ALDOT leadership and their overall support.

The city council will likely vote to approve preliminary engineering work that will cost about 476 thousand dollars during the November 10th council meeting. The council will not have a final vote on the 2.2 million dollar construction project until ALDOT is done finalizing design plans. That could happen in January or February.

The state plans to start construction in late 2016. The five and a half mile stretch from County Line Road to Providence should be widened to six lanes of traffic by 2018, according to Mayor Trulock.

Mayor Trulock said the widening project will also include a multi-use path. There will be a ten foot path on the south side of the road for jogging and biking.