Frustrations start to manifest surrounding Helena roadwork

By Ashley Nix

HELENA, AL (WBRC) - A road project in Helena is causing people who live nearby to form a neighborhood association. Hillsboro Parkway, which serves as a bypass to ease traffic in Helena is now making some residents angry.

Property owners who live off Highway 17, just across the street from where the bypass ends, say the project has been a nightmare for nearly a year and a half.  Bill Hocutt has owned townhouses in Breckenridge Park for 19 years.  Hocutt says he's never had so many problems, until April of 2009.

"Were in the 15th month, 16th month," Hocutt says.  "I have never been on TV in a situation like this, and I'm 60 years old.  That's how frustrating it is."

"Frustrating," he says is the project to finish the intersection in front of his townhouses, where Hillsboro Pkwy meets Highway 17.  He says it's not something Helena city leaders should be proud of.

Hocutt and several others have formed the Helena Property Owners Association, showing growing frustrations like intersections he calls dangerous, silt fences with weeds, gravel and dirt.  Hocutt also says those fences caused water to run into two of his townhouses last month.

FOX6 left messages with the mayor, city councilors, a construction company and an engineer in the Shelby County Highway Department. However, no one returned phone calls.

Hocutt hopes the whole thing is over soon.  "The light at the end of the tunnel, I don't look for it.  I just look for the project to be completed."

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