Citizens Actively Oppose Road Closure

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

A group of citizens in Lauderdale County has organized its opposition to a proposal to close part of Valley Road near Atlas Roofing.

The group says closing it would cause unnecessary burdens on the people in the community.

Along with the inconvenience factor, members of the group going by the name, Valley Road Action Committee, say they don't believe closing the road is necessary based on the reasons being given by economic development officials.

The reasons that have been given are: the safety of Atlas Roofing employees and economic development. Valley Road goes between the plant operations.

But group members say the community should do more to make the road safer before they vote to close it.

And when it comes to economic development, they say the company can still expand with Valley Road open.

"We feel like they have been giving public land, when they ought to at least sell it or get a trade off if it's going to be the end result," said Andy Smith, owner of a Valley Road business. "But right now, we are talking about just closing the road and that is all that has come to light."

A public hearing has been set on this issue for April 19. Smith says he will be there, along with other members.


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