By Tia Lynn Ivey
School officials are celebrating the completion of a new cut-through near the Morgan County High School campus that leads to the Madison 441 Bypass.
In Sept. of 2018, the board unanimously approved the $801,636 roadway project to enhance motorist access to the campus.
“We are very happy with out it turned out,” said Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of Morgan County Schools, who has been looking for ways to reduce traffic congestion near the schools since he first became superintendent several years ago. “It ensures multiple accesses and exits to the campus for purposes of safety and to ease traffic around the schools,” explained Woodard. Woodard believes the added travel path, along with the east and west entrances to the campus, will reduce day-to-day traffic, as well as traffic during larger events.
“When we have graduation, or football games, or basketball games, this will give drivers three separate locations to arrive and leave,” said Woodard. “On the day-to-day, this cut-through will absolutely reduce the traffic congestion we normally have on East Avenue in front of the elementary school.” The East Grading company, a local business based in Madison, completed the cut-through this month, with the new exit to the bypass officially opening for use on Jan. 9.
Woodard noted that the project was especially needed to accommodate the future traffic flow anticipated once the new middle school opens at the end of this year.
“It’s going to make a big difference,” said Woodard.