Geneva Co., Ala. (WDHN)—Earlier this year, governor kay Ivey announced a 10 mile stretch of Highway 52 would be four-laned from Malvern to Hartford in Geneva County.
In addition, there are conversations once again to four-lane State Highway 167 from the Florida line to Troy.
It could be the catalyst of tremendous growth in Geneva, Coffee, and Pike counties.
In her state-of-the-state speech in February, Governor Ivey announced the Alabama D.O.T. plans
to four-lane a stretch of Highway 52 from Malvern to Hartford.
Since then, we’re told planning continues on the exact route. Geneva County Commission Chairman and
Probate Judge Toby Seay will receive periodic updates on its progress.
“The state highway director, Highway 52, and Geneva County will start to receive monthly updates regarding the projects, currently survey crews
are working hard to develop a route,” according to Judge Seay.
With Florida quickly four-laning Highway 79 from Panama City Beach to the state-line
as a hurricane evacuation route. Once it crosses into Alabama, it’s known as State Highway 167.
A few years ago, then Lt. Governor Ivey announced a committee to look into the four-lane opportunities.
Longtime State Senator Jimmy Holley of Elba was appointed to it.
Judge Seay says “What they call a field grant, so the field grant is the actual infrastructure. Planning grant first and then you extract all that information for
your other grant.”
With it being an emergency route in severe weather, local officials hope the four-lane would
qualify for federal infrastructure funds.