We generally try and post an update on the progress of the local Redstone Arsenal’s BRAC relocation effort every quarter or so as a number of information sources become available that shed light on the progress on the move scheduled to be completed in 2011.
One of the big issues facing Huntsville has been the required road infrastructure surrounding the Arsenal and while it has long been discussed no concrete plans have materialized, well at least until this past week. Governor Riley was in town Thursday and met with other local officials at his annual state update luncheon hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce on Redstone. According to the Huntsville Times those in Thursday’s meeting included:
Ronnie Chronister, deputy to Army Maj. Gen. James Myles, commanding general of Redstone; Garrison Commander Col. Robert Pastorelli; Huntsville Mayor Battle; Madison Mayor Paul Finley; Madison County Commission Chairman Mike Gillespie; and representatives of Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions and U.S. Reps. Parker Griffith and Robert Aderholt.
With all parties now seemingly in agreement on area road priorities and financial obligation, “in five years, we can have it solved,” Riley said. Those priorities are:
- South Memorial Parkway, $31.5 million
- Northern Bypass, $30 million
- Martin Road, $18.5 million
- Winchester Road, $15.1 million
- University Drive, $14 million
- Zierdt Road, $6 million
- Rideout Road, $1 million
Additionally we found this public video to be very informative of the construction going on for the last year or so on Redstone Arsenal. The video doesn’t touch on all of the construction projects but progress is certainly being made.