By Gary Lloyd
TRUSSVILLE — Railroad Avenue in Trussville could be completed by September, according to Mayor Gene Melton.
Melton said at the April 14 Trussville City Council meeting that the city council could approve of going out to bid for the project at its Tuesday, April 28 meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Trussville City Hall.
Railroad Avenue runs behind Hardee’s near the railroad tracks just off South Chalkville Road. The road would extend all the way to behind Bryant Bank. Completing the road would likely alleviate traffic congestion at the Chalkville Road intersection with Main Street.
The project would also take care of drainage issues and clean up the area.
There is a second part of that potential project, Melton said. Once Railroad Avenue is complete, the plan would be to close Cedar Street, which intersects with Railroad Avenue, to rebuild it to accommodate parking on both sides. Melton said he hopes that project can be done by this fall.
In other Trussville road news, Melton said the city is “real close” to beginning appraisals on necessary right-of-way to go out to bid for the right turn lane project on Chalkville Road. Melton said talks are close to happening with First Baptist Church of Trussville, Best Insurance, First United Methodist Church of Trussville and Braden’s Furniture.
The project will consist of a dedicated right turn lane that will stretch from Vann Circle to the intersection of Chalkville Road and Main Street. Melton estimates the project to cost $1 million.
He said he hopes construction is under way in the spring of 2016.
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