The Huntsville City Council unanimously approved the $17.9 million contract for the Cecil Ashburn project. A low bidder, Carcel & G Construction, was awarded the project.
The 3.4 miles between Donegal Drive and Taylor Road will become a four-lane road with a raised concrete median and eight foot wide shoulders on each side of the road. Sutton Road between Old Big Cove and Taylor Roads will also be widened to a five lane curb and gutter roadway with concrete sidewalks on both sides.
These improvements are expected to be a huge relief once the project is done, but some businesses said they're worried about what customers may do in the meantime.
"They would have to re-route. That would probably cause them to go to another business like ours, which would cause us to lose business," Janette Cooley, an employee at Big Cove Decorating, said.
Cooley said while Cecil Ashburn is closed, she's counting on customer loyalty to keep business going. The road closes for ten months on January 7th.