Hoover is one step closer to the initiation of the Valleydale Road widening project. At its regular meeting on September 3, the Hoover City Council approved a supplemental agreement with Volkert, Inc. to provide right-of-way acquisition services. This agreement allocates an additional $620,336 to Volkert, Inc., which is already responsible for environmental studies, field surveys and securing corridor approval for the project.
The planned road widening will cover the 3.5-mile stretch of road between Caldwell Mill Road and Inverness Center Drive. Valleydale Road is currently heavily congested due to traffic from Spain Park High School, Jefferson State Community College, and several major neighborhoods and business parks.
The Hoover City Council has been discussing widening the road since 1999, but it started moving forward on the project in 2011 with funding assistance from the Alabama Department of Transportation and Shelby County.
The most recent estimates put the project’s cost at over $12 million. Right-of-way acquisition services must be completed by September 2015, but a completion date for the road widening has not yet been named.