TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa County Commissioners paved the way for some immediate road improvements near Highway 69 South before an even bigger state project is expected to start.
agreed to pay for road improvement work around Highway 69 South.
Commission President Hardy McCollum says the work is needed to improve traffic flow near Highway 69 South and Skyland Boulevard.
That's where the Alabama Department of Transportation plans to start building an overpass next summer. It's expected to take two and a half to three years to complete.
County commissioners want to make sure alternative routers near there can handle additional traffic before that. Improvements include making Bear Creek Cut-off Road a through road from Highway 215 so traffic won't have to stop at a railroad track.
"We know that we're going to need to have alternative routes and improvements to alternative routes so that we can move traffic South of Tuscaloosa along the Highway 69 corridor," McCollum explained.
County Commissioners expect the Tuscaloosa County Road Commission will repay them for those costs at a later date.