Prattville – On Monday, June 22, from 5:00-7:00 PM, the City of Prattville and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) held a public involvement meeting regarding the widening of McQueen Smith Road from U. S. 31 to Cobbs Ford Road at the Willis Bradford Branch YMCA.
Though the meeting had no formal presentation, it was an opportunity for citizens to learn about the project, and to review and inspect the information that was displayed on the large layouts on exhibit in the room. Representatives from the Department of Transportation, the City of Prattville, and other consultants were on hand at the displays to answer questions from the public.
David Bollie, 6th Division, Assistant Engineer in charge of County Transportation, said that the purpose of the meeting was to gather input from the city about the project. “The city makes an environmental document that includes public input.”
Bollie added, “The proposed start date of construction is set way in the future because then you have some flexibility and can move the date closer if need be. The approximate cost of the project has not been set yet.”
The citizens of Prattville were given handouts and asked to fill out a Public Involvement Comment Sheet in order to voice their concerns about the project and any other input that would be of interest to ALDOT.
Sid Thompson, Autauga County Commissioner, was present at the meeting and voiced her concern about a dangerous intersection. “This is my district and I would like to see McQueen Smith widened on both sides and a traffic light be placed at Pecan Ridge and Tara. People have no way out of Pecan Ridge now.”
Article by Melissa Parker
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