By Gary Lloyd
TRUSSVILLE — A stretch of Main Street in Trussville could be widened in the next two years to accommodate a dedicated left turn lane.
Mayor Gene Melton met with Alabama Department of Transportation officials earlier this month to discuss the possibility of widening Main Street from the intersection with Chalkville Road to the Cahaba River.
Melton said the potential widening would provide a dedicated left turn lane from Main Street to Parkway Drive. He said the state already has plans to widen the road, so all the city has to do is acquire necessary property for the widening. Melton said the city will need to move the Trussville Cemetery wall away from the road some.
Melton said the widening could happen in the next two years.
He said some trees that were in front of Trussville City Hall have already been taken down to make room for the road’s widening.
A stretch of North Chalkville Road from Vann Circle to the intersection with Main Street will eventually have a dedicated right turn lane to alleviate traffic problems. Melton has guessed that construction would cost between $1 million and $1.5 million. The right turn lane is expected to be in place by 2016. Part of the project will include aligning Linden Street with the road to the Trussville City Board of Education Central Office.
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