By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — It won’t be long before construction begins on Highway 11, from Chalkville Road to Parkway Drive, in Trussville.
Mayor Buddy Choat gave an update on the Highway 11 widening project during a council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.
Choat said work is now expected to begin in January or February of 2021. Bids have been received and are being reviewed at this time.
The project will be managed by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) but the city of Trussville has been working for years to gain permissions and access right of ways for the project.
The project will span from Chalkville Road to Parkway Drive. In the northbound lane (on the side of Region’s Bank and Bryant Bank) the roadway will be widened and there will be a left turn lane installed.
“This will allow us to have full turn lane access that will provide safer stops and more continuous traffic movement through downtown,” Choat said. “It will be four lanes, plus a full turn lane and a new sidewalk will be installed as well.”
On the southbound side, there will be grading work, new drainage and new sidewalks.
“We think it will definitely be an improvement through and around the downtown area,” Choat added. “All of the roads will be in top condition and once finished, it will tie into all the improvements in downtown.”
The widening project is a federal project but the city is also working on improvements in the area. The Loop Road project includes a new traffic light to be installed at Vann Circle, in front of Edgar’s Bakery. Choat said that work will be done during the widening project.
Also, Cedar Street will be widened and the ditch alongside the roadway will be covered. The city will curb and gutter the side of the roadway and add on-street parking.
Choat said the city has designated funds for its part of the project and money will not be borrowed. The cost of the project will be determined after a bid for the work is accepted.