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Old 09-11-2021, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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My son lives in metro Atlanta and we met there so I could take some needed items to him. Mentone's about the midway point, and believe it our not, we arrived within 5 minutes of each other.

The reason for the post is - never have I seen a time when the need for an Atlanta/Huntsville freeway has been more obvious. After turning off Hwy 35, the trip on to Mentone took forever and traffic has increased dramatically since the last time I drove that route. There was a road repair project with long delays going up the mountain (looked like culvert was being replaced underneath the roadway), but even without that necessary delay, trucks were crawling up the hills, cars were flying down them, and the road is fraught with danger. What could be a 2 hour trip to north Atlanta is well over 3 hours because of the lack of roads.

Hopefully, at some point in the future, a freeway, maybe even an Interstate, will be built. Upgrading Hwy 72 to Scottsboro won't be an easy task, but it's doable; going over the mountains will be a formidable job, but it can and should be done. There are much more mountainous Interstates in the US that were much more difficult to construct.
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Old 09-11-2021, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Fort Payne Alabama
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Sorry, I don't think folks living in the area would be for that. One of the charms on Mentone is it is out of the way. Little River Falls parking lot is often few, even after the expansion on the W/E. They are re-doing and expanding the Hippie Hole lot, I'm sure it will be full also once it reopens.
More traffic is not needed!
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Old 09-11-2021, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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Sorry, I don't think folks living in the area would be for that. One of the charms on Mentone is it is out of the way. Little River Falls parking lot is often few, even after the expansion on the W/E. They are re-doing and expanding the Hippie Hole lot, I'm sure it will be full also once it reopens.
More traffic is not needed!
Not proposing that a new highway go through Mentone. No need to. In fact, you'd want to bypass all the small towns on the way, except maybe Rome.
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Old 09-12-2021, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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My daughter lives just outside of Atlanta but on the south side so I generally head that way from a southerly direction (I'm in S. Hsv). I HATE to have to drive thru or bypass Atl but I miss it all together if I come in from the south. But yes, it would be nice if there were some direct route heading in that direction from Huntsville. One either has to go north or directly south to go east.
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Old 09-12-2021, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Fort Payne Alabama
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My daughter lives just outside of Atlanta but on the south side so I generally head that way from a southerly direction (I'm in S. Hsv). I HATE to have to drive thru or bypass Atl but I miss it all together if I come in from the south. But yes, it would be nice if there were some direct route heading in that direction from Huntsville. One either has to go north or directly south to go east.
We go hwy 35 from Fort Payne, then turn on 9 going into Rome (turns into 20), then pick up 411 to 41.
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Old 09-12-2021, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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My daughter lives just outside of Atlanta but on the south side so I generally head that way from a southerly direction (I'm in S. Hsv). I HATE to have to drive thru or bypass Atl but I miss it all together if I come in from the south. But yes, it would be nice if there were some direct route heading in that direction from Huntsville. One either has to go north or directly south to go east.
We used to live in SE Huntsville, and would go to Atlanta through Gadsden, and then take I-20 in. It's a rough trip no matter which route you take, and it takes twice as long as it would if there were an interstate or even a regular freeway into Atlanta, preferably in the northern suburbs (coming in at Adairsville would be good.).
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Old 09-12-2021, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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We go hwy 35 from Fort Payne, then turn on 9 going into Rome (turns into 20), then pick up 411 to 41.
I've been that way too, but it's not easy either and there are too many small and larger towns to go through. Building through the mountains is of course more difficult than on flat land, but it can be done. Look at 59 from B'ham to Chattanooga and 40 around Asheville. Lots of hills there, and some are pretty sizable. Not to mention parts of the midwest and western states. So that can't logically be used as an excuse. I've never taken I-22 from Birmingham to Memphis, but I'll guess it's pretty hilly from B'ham to Hamilton, then relatively flat beyond that.
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Old 09-13-2021, 08:28 AM
 
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I've noticed an increase in the number of 18-wheelers using the Mentone route over the past couple years.

Not long ago, I was coming back from a visit to Dallas, GA and used the new GA 1 West Rome Bypass for the first time. It was pretty dark going that way on a rainy night with almost no traffic.
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Old 09-17-2021, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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There is already an Atlanta to Memphis interstate.
It is I-20/59 to I-65 to I-22 through Birmingham.
I predict that there will NOT be an east-west interstate built through North Alabama because it would be beastly expensive to build a bridge over the Tennessee River, as well as cross the mountain range between Georgia and Alabama.
If there is an east-west road built, more than likely it would be via Chattanooga and across southern Tennessee. There are already ways to cross the river in the Chattanooga area.
Most of us won't be alive to see it.
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Old 09-17-2021, 07:57 PM
 
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The route was studied and a proposal for an Interstate made that went through North Alabama. It was called the Memphis to Atlanta highway or something like that and I believe was even designated a proposed Interstate number. If I remember correctly, ALDOT basically killed it by not considering to allocate funding. Instead, I22 was built. So I seriously doubt it will happen in the next 30 to 40 years. That is unless we as citizens finally cause enough of a commotion they start listening to us. It is seriously needed but how do we get it built?
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