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Cecil Ashburn drivers will need to find alternate routes in 2019

The closure will take place from Donegal Drive to Old Big Cove Road which is a 3.4 mile span of the road.

Posted: Aug. 13, 2018 6:00 PM
Updated: Jan. 4, 2019 3:10 PM

The City of Huntsville announced Monday that Cecil Ashburn will closed next year for up to 14 months so the city can expand the two-lane road to four lanes.

The closure will take place from Donegal Drive to Old Big Cove Road which is a 3.4 mile span of the road. Starting next year, anyone who uses the road to cut through town needs to be prepared to find a new route.

"It's going to be the most aggravating inconvenient experience I can imagine. My children go to school on the other side of the mountain at Holy Spirit, my husband works on the other side of the mountain, our whole life is on the other side of the mountain," said Angela Keller who lives in the affected area.

She told WAAY 31 Cecil Ashburn closing for about a year is going to affect her family.

Monday, the city of Huntsville announced what everyone knew was coming. In 2019 the city’s closing a section of the road that connects the Hampton Cove area to Jones Valley.

"The good news is we're building roads. The bad news is we're building roads," said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

WAAY 31 looked into alternative routes you will need to take. It’s going to put more pressure on some already overcrowded roads.

Governors Drive although already considered at capacity by the city, will be one route people coming from the Hampton Cove area can take, but Keller doesn't consider it a good option.

"Governors is already a mess. There are wrecks on Governors all the time. It's already back up on Governors and Cecil Ashburn's open."

Other already congested roads such as Whitesburg Drive and Airport Road will see an influx in traffic from people leaving Jones Valley.

Mayor Battle suggested people coming from the Hampton Cove area use US Highway 72 east as an alternative route.

"We just passed last week a contract for Rock Cut Road off 72. It gives you an access road to go out 72. A better access to 72. Once you go there you can use that as an alternative route. We will be doing more and more of those," he said.

Mayor Battle didn't say what other roads could see improvements in the coming months to prepare for Cecil Ashburn's closure, but he did say about 17,000 cars travel the connecting road daily. Those drivers will now have to find another way to get around the city.

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