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Controversial N. Eufaula Ave. widening project begins

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EUFAULA, AL (WTVM) - Construction on a controversial road widening project began Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Eufaula.

Construction crews started cutting down branches on the trees to widen the historic North Eufaula Avenue following a divided Eufaula City Council vote against filing a lawsuit to stop the project.

Officials fell short of the three votes needed.

Opponents feel politics are ruining an historic area of Alabama. 

"This is going to be Gov. Bentley and John Cooper's legacy to Alabama and it's going to destroy a big part of the history of the state," said Eufaula resident Ann Smith. 

Others, however, think progress needs to be made to alleviate the high flow of traffic.

"There has got to be something done," said tourist Mike Renn. "They are trying to keep it as minimal as possible to please both sides. You are still going to have the hardliners, who want to keep things as they are."

The Alabama Department of Transportation will widen North Eufaula Avenue from two lanes to four.

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