Council takes steps on Valleydale Road, Inverness Parkway projects

By AMY JONES / Associate Editor

HOOVER — The Hoover City Council approved two resolutions affecting road projects within the Shelby County portion of the city during the council’s April 2 meeting.

First, the council authorized Mayor Gary Ivey to execute a supplemental agreement with Atkins North America Inc. regarding a project to widen Valleydale Road from U.S. 31 to Riverchase Parkway East.

The council then authorized the mayor to execute an agreement with Gonzalez-Strength and Associates for inspection services for the Inverness Parkway resurfacing project.

City Assistant Executive Director Tim Westhoven said the Valleydale Road project is still in the design phase, and the supplemental agreement the council authorized is for some additional work required by the Federal Highway Department.

Westhoven said it would likely be at least two years before the Valleydale Road project is under construction. After the design work is complete, the city will begin acquiring property along Valleydale Road to widen the roadway.

The Inverness Parkway project, which will involve resurfacing the entire roadway, will move much more quickly, Westhoven said.

The Alabama Department of Transportation opened bids for the project last week, and construction is expected to start within two months, he said.

Once construction begins, the project will be complete in about 60 days, Westhoven said.

During the meeting, the council also presented Safehouse of Shelby County Executive Director Kathy Wells with a proclamation declaring April Sexual Violence Awareness Month in the city of Hoover.