Scottsboro City Council members recently heard from Clarke Bailey with Volkert Engineering regarding the HSIP project for County Park Road and Highway 72.

Bailey explained they have been working over a year to develop a study. He explained that safety funding was requested through the Federal HSIP program and awarded. City Council member Greg Mashburn asked if extending service roads was looked at, Bailey stated that it was not part of the study. Mashburn questioned the closing off of the driveway of Taco Bell.
Mayor Robin Shelton stated that they are very supportive of this plan. He stated that the upper drive would be widened. Shelton stated that all impacted businesses were consulted. He stated that the owners of McDonald’s were met with last week and were e-mailed a copy of the traffic studies. He stated that the owners are concerned and would like to see the service road extended. Their greatest concern was the west bound traffic. Council member Mike Ashburn stated that the traffic study showed only 50 cars a day use the crossover into McDonald’s from Highway 72 West. The majority of crashes shown are rear end crashes. Mashburn brought up the fact that many are on their cell phones while they’re driving. Mashburn questioned if this was something the state recommended. Bailey only stated that the State supports this plan, but did not say if they are recommending the plan.
During delegations, owner of High Country Toyota, Pam Ayers spoke regarding the project. Ayers announced that their facility will be moving to Highway 72, with a new building valued at approximately $4 million.  Ayers explained that the roadway improvements along with the completion of service roads  was important and imperative to bringing her business, along with other new businesses to the area.
Kevin Jennings spoke as well. Jennings is a commercial developer and has the ten acres where Number 1 China is currently located. Jennings stated that the availability of a traffic signal in that area is paramount to seeing that land develop. It has been stated by Shelton that the signal, located in the West Bound lane of Highway 72 near the entrance of Dunham’s  would not be installed unless development occurred in the area. The signal is expected to cost $200,000 alone.   
Drew McNutt spoke to council members regarding the Castin’ ‘N’ Catchin’ tourism grant application. The tournament began in 2016 as a fund raiser for the Pediatric and Congenital heart center located at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Since 2016, the tournament has raised $350,000, all of which goes directly to the heart center.

The Highway 72 project ultimately fell with a vote of 3-2 during the council meeting.

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