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Hartselle to discuss adding turn lane, road

By Deangelo McDaniel
dmcdaniel@decaturdaily.com · 340-2469

HARTSELLE — What do you think about a new right-turn lane near U.S. 31 and Alabama 36?

What about a road on the site where the school board wants to construct a new Hartselle High?

Hartselle does not have immediate plans to construct the projects. But, the city’s transportation committee wants to add them to Hartselle’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

If you support or oppose the projects, you can voice your opinion during a Jan. 9 public hearing at 8 a.m. in City Hall.

“We’re tweaking the comprehensive plan, but these projects won’t happen immediately,” City Planner Jeremy Griffith said.

The road for the high school would require collaboration between the city and school system.

The initial high school site plan shows a bus turnaround from Roan Road and parking access from Bethel Road.

Griffith said the city’s Transportation Committee wants a road that allows entry and exit from Roan and Bethel roads.

“This will have to be worked out with the school board in the site plan,” Griffith said.

Of course, the need for the road may be moot if voters do not pass a proposed 12.5-mill property tax increase to pay for the school with an estimated cost of between $25 million and $30 million.

“The road, if constructed, will go across school property and will not affect any individual property owners,” Griffith said.

The proposed right-turn lane is near Tankersley Service
Center where the station’s owner is already at odds with Hartselle over a left-turn lane on U.S. 31.

In a letter to DOT in October, Kenneth Tankersley said he was “absolutely certain” that the state’s proposal to close a crossover on U.S. 31 would adversely affect his business and might force him to close.

The state’s requirement of the left-turn lane came after Copeland Properties of Tennessee announced plans to construct a Walgreens at the northwest corner of U.S. 31 and Alabama 36.

Griffith said the two projects are not related.

“The northbound right lane is something we had talked about and the Transportation Committee wanted to include it in the comp plan,” he said.

Griffith said the turn lane is designed to alleviate congestion at the intersection.

If the state approves the turn lane, Griffith said, the city has sufficient right of way to construct it.

Make your opinion known

If you support or oppose the road projects, you can voice your opinion during a Jan. 9 public hearing at 8 a.m. in City Hall.

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