Public input sought on future road work

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Congestion has been the topic of the year, if not longer, in Shelby County and again the Alabama Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on two proposed road projects.

What&8217;s being tagged the Helena Bypass will be up for discussion July 17 from 4-7 p.m. at Riverside Baptist Church on Shelby County 52. County Engineer Randy Cole said the department hopes to find a solution to the clogged traffic through Helena.

&8220;That project will presumably take some traffic off of County Road 52,&8221; Cole said.

There are two proposed plans for the bypass with both beginning at Alabama 261 near Bearden Road and ending at Shelby County 52.

Helena is not the only area seeking input on traffic flow concerns. On Aug. 21, a public involvement meeting will be held to look at a traffic plan along Highway 119. The meeting will take place at Oak Mountain Presbyterian from 4-7 p.m.

Cole said both meetings will be &8220;come and go&8221; type meetings where residents can look at the plans and ask questions of officials.