ALDOT axes Florala bypass

Published 12:05am Thursday, November 29, 2012

Florala merchants and residents are breathing a sigh of relief following Tuesday’s news that ALDOT has removed a U.S. Hwy 331 bypass from its 10-year construction plan.

Rebecca White, Alabama Department of Transportation spokesman, explained the reason as lack of funding.

“The bottom line is that there were too many projects being held in ALDOT’s letting schedule with no reasonable expectation of completion primarily due to the lack of available funding,” White said.

She said the Florala project was one of several removed from the plan.

“The new 10-year plan includes capacity projects that can be completed with the amount of funding expected to be received and additional projects that may be completed if more funding becomes available,” she said.

ALDOT officials held a public input meeting on the project earlier this year where the possible bypass was discussed. Then, residents expressed their displeasure at the idea; however, Tuesday, local residents like Suzanne McDonnell, Janice Smith, Joe Cassady and Jan Allred were pleased with to hear the project was put aside.

“Thank God,” Allred said.



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    Stephanie: I became interested when I read your article concerning the DOT axing the Florala Bypass project. Covington County residents and government representatives should remember that the four-laning of Alabama Highway 55 was first conceived by and lobbied for by the late Jimmy Taylor of Andalusia who had an apparent vision of AL55′s four-laning from Georgiana to I-10 near Crestview, FL.! Were that project continued and completed, I believe the tremendous traffic flow on 55 would bring a wealth of revenue to our county and its communities. I know we have talented engineers in our community who could devise a worthy and winnable plan for such a project which our leaders could then present to the governor and DOT and others for serious consideration for completion.
    Even if it were a toll road, the benefits for us would be tremendous. Connecting I-65 and I-10 through our county would open so many avenues for commerce and industry in our county. I urge all those with influence to consider getting behind such a project as this—and soon, since I believe opportunity has just knocked!
    God Bless All: mike purnell, Red Level

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