Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Defends Interstate Economist Russell Roberts on Wednesday called Interstate 565, a major road in Huntsville, Ala., a "remarkable lake of asphalt" for which there was no need. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle disagrees and explains why.
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Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Defends Interstate

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Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Defends Interstate

Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Defends Interstate

Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Defends Interstate

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An aerial view of Interstate 565 in Huntsville, Ala. Click "satellite view" and zoom in to see the number of highway lanes. hide caption

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An interview on All Things Considered on Wednesday sparked a lot of e-mail and a front-page article in the Huntsville Times, in Huntsville, Ala.

At issue: a comment made by economist Russell Roberts about the value of infrastructure spending as an economic stimulus. Roberts pointed to a highway in Huntsville as an example of pork-barrel spending. He contended it was some 12 or 14 lanes wide, and there wasn't enough traffic to justify it.

Huntsville residents took issue. And Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says the highway, Interstate 565, is a necessary part of Huntsville and one of its economic drivers.

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