Proposed I-10 connector still making progress in the Wiregrass

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -  For years an interstate connector has been talked about in southeast Alabama with the road linking up that part of the state with I-10 in Florida.

This time last year wiregrass leaders made that dream more of a reality when they partnered with a nonprofit group to start that project as a toll road.

Now a year later more counties are on board and talks of the toll extending from Montgomery all the way to Florida gulf coast.

It's been a dream and many are still confident in a proposedIi-10 connector coming to reality.

Over the last few months Montgomery and Pike counties have signed on with FOCUS 2000 the nonprofit group responsible for building the road.

The toll road now would connect to the proposed outer loop in Montgomery County then stretch through Pike, Dale, Houston, and Geneva counties and hopefully through the Florida panhandle all the way to the gulf coast.

However the project has hit some road bumps; talks are still ongoing with Florida counties regarding different routes.

As well, the down economy has also made getting the bond money needed to get things rolling more difficult.

"Things look good, I think they'll be moving forward, and I think that within the next 6 months hopefully will see some forward moving progress," says Mark Culver, Houston County Commission Chairman.

Officials are still confident that the connector will happen but do caution it's a project that will take time.

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