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October 1, 2013

UPDATED: It's a "go" - Gov. Robert Bentley announces start of Northern Beltline project

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GARDENDALE —

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.

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