Madison city officials recently approved the beginning steps for Hoy Road rights-of-way acquisition.
“It’s a long, drawn out process where we’re buying rights of way for widening Hoy Road,” Denson Robinson, interim public works director, said. “As people agree to purchases, we have to get permission from the mayor and board to pay them for that easement.”
The project will stretch from Old Canton Road to Bradford Place Subdivision, which is located just east of Rice Road.
“We’re widening the two-lane road to four lanes in some areas and three lanes in others. It’ll be a combination. We’ll also be updating intersections.”
There will be a 10-foot wide multi-use trail implemented for the entire length of the project, as well as a five-foot wide sidewalk put in on the opposite side of Hoy Road, according to Robinson.
The project will cost approximately $9 million, and will be paid for through a combination of federal, state, county and city funds.
“This is the same kind of project as Old Canton Road,” Denson said. “We’re getting rights of way, relocating utilities, and then we’ll get it going.”
The Old Canton Road project was a $4.8 million project, which included widening from St. Augustine to Madison Avenue from two to three lanes, storm drainage, new traffic signal equipment, and curb, gutter and sidewalk work from Madison Avenue to Hoy Road.
The section from Madison Avenue to Hoy Road was widened to three lanes as well.
“It’s three lanes now all the way through,” Chad Wages, former public works director, said. “Some was (already) three lanes but it tapered down pretty quick to two lanes so it’s all three lanes now.”
An eight-foot-wide sidewalk now runs along Old Canton as well from St. Augustine to Hoy Road.
The project was completed in March.