By Jason Morton Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA | Tuscaloosa resident Laurie Johns first learned about a major widening project for Loop Road, about a block from her house, on March 6, 2004.
She and her neighbors learned from that day’s edition of The Tuscaloosa News that the project intended to claim about 20 houses and an apartment complex for the planned three-lane road with a 50 mph speed limit.
Johns believed that was too much. She feared the area she and her husband had come to love could be ruined. So she organized a contingent of her neighbors and marched on City Hall.