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SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2007

Hartselle closing Foote Road July 9

By Deangelo McDaniel · 340-2469

HARTSELLE — If you reside in Hickory Heights Subdivision, traffic changes are coming.

Beginning July 9, residents in the upscale neighborhood will have to use an alternate route to get to their homes.

A unanimous City Council has authorized Mayor Dwight Tankersley to sign an agreement with developer Jimmy Little to close Foote Road for repairs.

For four to eight weeks, subdivision residents will use a temporary entrance off Airport Road.

“We’re going to be able to get the work done a lot faster by closing Foote Road,” Tankersley said. “We’re having to dig out all the bad spots, and there is just no way to keep the road open.”

Hartselle is spending up to $216,000 to upgrade the narrow, paved road, which has needed repairs for almost 10 years.

“It’s so bad that it is going to necessitate us closing the road,” said Jeff Johnson of the Department of Development.

District 2 Morgan County Commissioner Ken Livingston is providing county equipment to help.

The July 9 start date enables Livingston and Shelby Contracting of Decatur to coordinate their work.

If everything goes as planned, it may take as little as a month to complete the project.

“There is a lot of unknown,” Tankersley said. “We don’t know how far we’ll have to dig down to fix the bad spots.”

Saying Hartselle is years behind, Council President Kenny Thompson has pushed city leaders to pave more streets.

“I hear it all the time,” he said. “People want us to pave more streets.”

In 2005, the city spent $104,000 repairing or resurfacing 12 streets and $142,000 to widen and resurface Garner Road.

Hartselle uses the Gasoline Tax Fund, which generates between $100,000 and $125,000 annually, for street projects.

“This is a project the city has talked about for a long time, and we’ve got to get it behind us,” Tankersley said about Foote Road.

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