Bentley countered their objections in his announcement, saying, “We are committed to building the Beltline in the most environmentally responsible way possible.”
Bentley was flanked by a host of local politicians at the press conference, including Gardendale Mayor Othell Phillips, Pinson Mayor Pro Tem John Churchwell, State Sen. Scott Beason (R-Garden?dale) and State Rep. Allen Treadaway (R-Morris).
ALDOT director John Cooper said that a decision will be made within the next year on which direction construction will move on the next phase.
“That will involve things like ease of construction, whether there’s a development on one side or the other,” Cooper said.
ALDOT officials said the first construction could begin as early as January 2014.