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Old 08-20-2018, 06:24 PM
 
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Until you go by the site, one can't appreciate the size of this project, it is MASSIVE.
It will be an amazing place.
Going out for bid this month a small crumb of I-565 improvements for the Greenbrier interchange.
It will include additional on and off ramp lanes improved merging lanes I do believe. Also new high mast lighting and signage for that interchange. Other road improvement that we will see:

Design plans for five-laning Old Highway 20 from Greenbrier Parkway to County Line Road are nearly finished, and for the first phase of the Greenbrier Parkway extension from Old Highway 20 north to Limestone Creek.
The Old Highway 20 work will start soon and probably take about a year and a half, with completion in mid- to late 2019, depending on weather conditions, Shane Davis, the city of Huntsville’s director of urban development said.
“The first phase of (the extension of) Greenbrier Parkway will start this summer and should be finished at the end of 2018,” he said.
The design phase for phase two of the Greenbrier Parkway extension, stretching from Limestone Creek to Huntsville Brownsferry Road, which connects to that interchange on I-65 is scheduled this year, with construction starting in 2019, according to Davis.
“It should be finished in early to mid-2020,” Davis said. “We think Greenbrier Parkway will take some of the pressure off traffic at the interchange” at Interstates 565 and 65.
Also good news for folks using Old Highway 20 in the Belle Mina area, work is expected to resume on the new Old Highway 20 bridge over Limestone Creek.
The bridge has been closed since Christmas Day 2015, when it was damaged by flooding.
Construction of a replacement has been delayed by the construction’s potential impact on nearby wetlands, several species of federally protected snails discovered in the creek and the rising cost of the project.
source Decatur Daily
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Old 08-20-2018, 08:46 PM
 
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What's the best way to see the Toyota site? From the area of the original Greenbrier restaurant?
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Old 08-21-2018, 06:32 AM
 
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What's the best way to see the Toyota site? From the area of the original Greenbrier restaurant?
yes, Greenbrier road dead ends there now, tremendous amount of earth being moved. You cant see far into the site due to the earth mounds but all along Highway 20 is activity.
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:24 AM
 
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I know what you mean. That endangered fish, tariffs...

Speaking of endangered what about the 3 endangered snail species that have made the costs of repairing the flooded bridge on Old Hwy 20 skyrocket? Sheesh, the bridge has been out since Christmas day 2015.
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Old 08-21-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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Speaking of endangered what about the 3 endangered snail species that have made the costs of repairing the flooded bridge on Old Hwy 20 skyrocket? Sheesh, the bridge has been out since Christmas day 2015.
I never am on 20 that far west since 565 has been built, but environmentalists get a little carried away with snails and fish, to say the least. That said, the bridge must not be that high a priority of the snail issue would have been solved a little faster.

Pretty soon farmers won't be able to plow their fields without having to worry about some rare species of grubworm or beetle though ....
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:41 AM
 
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Speaking of endangered what about the 3 endangered snail species that have made the costs of repairing the flooded bridge on Old Hwy 20 skyrocket? Sheesh, the bridge has been out since Christmas day 2015.
Yeah, that is pretty ridiculous. Once again just costing us the taxpayers millions.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:17 AM
 
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The City of Huntsville is applying for a 4 million dollar grant to help fund an overpass that would remove a railroad intersection next to the future Mazda-Toyota plant. The railroad intersection located on Old Highway 20 in Limestone County needs to also have a direct line to the Mazda-Toyota plant as part of the agreement with the city.
The $4 million dollars will help pay for an $8.2 million dollar project that will remove the railroad crossing and build an overpass above it.
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Old 10-02-2018, 08:26 AM
 
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Could this be one of the things manufactured at the Mazda side at the Huntsville plant?


Mazda has confirmed the return of the Wankel rotary engine in 2020, eight years after it put it on hiatus with the cancellation of the RX-8 sports car.



Mazda will use one as a range-extending generator in a plug-in hybrid vehicle. It will be paired with an electric motor to provide power when the battery runs down.
The automaker cites the engine’s compact packaging and smooth operation as ideally suited for this application. All plug-in hybrids currently in production use repurposed piston engines as generators, which are typically larger and heavier than would be ideal.


The new engine is being developed to run on either gasoline or liquefied petroleum gas, and will be able to provide electricity to external appliances in the event of a power outage, Mazda said.
The type of car it will make its debut in has not been revealed, but a pure electric version will also be offered.
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Old 10-02-2018, 03:40 PM
 
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Could this be one of the things manufactured at the Mazda side at the Huntsville plant?


Mazda has confirmed the return of the Wankel rotary engine in 2020, eight years after it put it on hiatus with the cancellation of the RX-8 sports car.



Mazda will use one as a range-extending generator in a plug-in hybrid vehicle. It will be paired with an electric motor to provide power when the battery runs down.
The automaker cites the engine’s compact packaging and smooth operation as ideally suited for this application. All plug-in hybrids currently in production use repurposed piston engines as generators, which are typically larger and heavier than would be ideal.


The new engine is being developed to run on either gasoline or liquefied petroleum gas, and will be able to provide electricity to external appliances in the event of a power outage, Mazda said.
The type of car it will make its debut in has not been revealed, but a pure electric version will also be offered.
That make sense. I heard the rotary engine was making a comeback, but with a bunch of improvements. I had an RX-3 with a rotary engine in the early-mid 1970s, and it performed well enough but was a gas guzzler. It also had two sets of ignition points that had to be replaced quite frequently (a regular engine only had one set of points in the distributor). I can't remember if it had two carburetors or not. The updated one should be much better presumably with electronic ignition and fuel injection.

I'll bet that will be one of the production vehicles at the new plant.
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:03 AM
 
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When do y'all think the Tier 1, 2, 3 suppliers will need to start moving in to coincide with T-M plant opening?
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