New exit in Auburn could bring economic boom

By Katherine Kington - email | Twitter

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The City of Auburn along with the Alabama Department of Transportation is beginning the construction of Exit 50 on Interstate 85.

Exit 50 in Auburn has been a project that has been in the works for nearly 10 years, a project that Mayor Bill Ham says, will bring a lot of economic development to the area. "Commercial and residential development occurs around interchanges it will open up a new economic corridor if you will."

The area that exit 50 will give access to holds businesses in Auburn Technical Park West and now, more businesses are looking at the land.

Jeff Ramsey, Director of Public Works in Auburn, says new interchanges add opportunity and growth to area. "As for commercial development people like to develop near interchanges but it also opens up opportunity for residential growth as well on that side because now a lot of people who work in Montgomery can live on the West side."

Currently, Interstate 85 runs from exit 51 at Auburn University through exit 43....with nothing in between.

"We had demand in our technical part and a demand for a new way to access that property," Said Mayor Ham.

This Exit has a price tag of 18 million dollars that is being paid for by the City of Auburn, Alabama Department of Transportation, and some State Legislators.

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