South Huntsville road project includes new park

This project has been in the works since 2015.

Posted: Nov 6, 2017 10:42 PM

The project will extend Haysland rd all the way to Hobbs rd, which is near the eastern edge of Red Stone Arsenal.

There was a public meeting Monday to go over progress on the project and some people who live in the area had some concerns.

Michael Chandler lives in the housing development that this new road will eventually go right behind and one of his main concerns with the road is maintaining the privacy of his home.

"We want to work with the city to see what we can do in terms of berms, trees, anything that just gives us a little buffer from the road to our back door," said Chandler.

The city of Huntsville told WAAY 31 the planned park space that is part of the road project is still being designed, so some of the concerns that chandler has can be addressed through that.

City engineers said the road could eventually mean more to the area than just a new road and a new park.

"A great catalyst for redevelopment down on south parkway. There were some talks about commercial development, some residential development that have come online as a result of this road and of course the school being there," said Engineer Kathy Martin.

The city still has a couple of things to complete before construction can begin, including purchasing right of way land from homeowners.

If everything goes according to plan they anticipate construction will start in the spring of 2018.

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