Located between the Tennessee River and I-65, where Huntsville meets Decatur, is a blank slate of several thousand acres. This is Decatur’s best opportunity for creating a new entrance into the city by starting its urban area at I-65. Done well, a plan for a mixed-use live, work and play development would provide a chance for high value long-term growth.
Unfortunately, the Highway 20 bridge project had an inadequate environmental assessment and limited public input. This led to the use of an outdated plan for Bass Pro to try to address the needs of the corridor and sets up the region to be developed into a disconnected, sprawling area better suited to lower value uses.
We are supportive of safety and access improvements, but we are asking Decatur, the Alabama DOT, and the Federal Highway Administration to adhere to conducting the required legal processes and to re-engage with the community and affected landowners in the area to find a better solution.