PELL CITY, Alabama (WBRC) – On Thursday evening, the citizens of Pell City were able to attend a public participation meeting to discuss planned improvements, including a roundabout at Interstate 34 intersections.
It was an open house without a formal presentation. Project information, including maps and comment forms, were available for review.
Highway 34 connects Pell City to the city of Talladega. People who use this route say it is still saved. A town chief who lives nearby says it’s not uncommon to wait nearly five minutes for a chance to cross the road.
Pell City Councilor Ivi McDaniel has lived near Highway 34 for about 12 years. She says he stays busy all day. Certain events at the Pell City Civic Center and other locations may result in increased traffic.
“The traffic goes in different ways and it gets congested. The traffic is saved, ”McDaniel explains. “There are sporting events going on, whether it’s the football season, the baseball season – especially the city league events that are happening. When people try to get out the traffic takes a long time because of the way this area is designed at the moment. “
McDaniel says the city has been working with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for some time to address this congestion issue. Now they want to hear from the public. Thursday’s meeting focused on potential improvements, including adding a roundabout at the intersection of Cropwell Drive and Hardwick Road.
“Just take what you hear from other people or what you see on social media,” McDaniel explains. “But being able to get it from the people who provide whatever service it is. Tonight, it’s ALDOT talking about repairing the traffic area. So I think if you want to know what’s going on, if you have any questions, this is a great opportunity.
The City will take citizens’ suggestions and comments until July 30. To share yours, visit this website.
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