LIVINGSTON — Members of a small 160-year-old church were able to get to worship on Sunday on a new road after developers had shut them out this summer.

After months of traversing a maze to get to the Greater Livingston M.B. Church, members were able to drive on a new road with little difficulty this past Sunday.

Earlier this year, developers closed the county road leading to the church — Livingston Church Road — without authorization, ultimately forcing the Board of Supervisors to intervene and come up with a solution. After months of delays due to rain, the road was finished last week.

“We are very excited and we appreciate it,” Renee Chapman, a member of the church, said. “One thing we said was we appreciate them working with us and we, in turn, tried to work with them.”

District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter led the charge and brought up the situation at each meeting this summer. He was happy to see the road complete at no cost to the county.

“Overall, I think the Board of Supervisors stood up for the citizens of Madison County in what was deemed an illegal issue,” he said. “That’s a far better road that what we had and the developer made it right.”

He added, “I’m happy it’s complete and the church has been vindicated.”

Chapman said while the main concern has been addressed, there are two smaller issues she hopes they are able to work out soon. One deals with the church’s sign, which was removed from right-of-way and the other involves parking.

“We’re still encountering some problems with people parking on the new road,” she said. “If we can get the people to stop parking on Livingston Church Road we’re going to be completely satisfied. Now, we are appreciative, but we have a couple more issues to handle.”

She said she wasn’t sure if the people parking were patrons of businesses at Livingston or if they were members of the other church at the site.

“I think it’s going to be good once everything comes into play,” she said.

Andy Clark, an attorney for the developers, said it was a cooperative effort to get the road finished.

“Livingston was the original county seat of Madison County, and a lot of careful planning and historic preservation has gone into re-creating the Town of Livingston,” Clark said. “The Town is extremely fortunate to have such an historic church as Greater Livingston M.B. Church to be its neighbor.”

He added, “Livingston Church Road has played a vital role in the history of this community, and my clients are extremely pleased with the cooperative efforts of our contractor, Birdsong Construction Inc., the Board of Supervisors through the County Engineer and County Attorney, and the congregation at Greater Livingston M.B. Church to bring the road improvements to completion.”