"Progress 65" moves into new phase

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Most folks who drive in and out of the capital city along Interstate 65 are used to traffic delays. Now, they can expect them to last for at least 18 more months.

The Alabama Department of Transportation announced Tuesday the timetable for the next construction project on I-65.

The work is a continuation of the "Progress 65" project that started in 2008.

The newest phase targets portions of the interstate like those near the Northern Boulevard and drivers could begin seeing changes in two weeks.

"...Specifically for quality of life in the Montgomery area we have two interstates that come through, a lot of 4-lane highways that connect to them...," said ALDOT's Tony Harris "[Progress 65] creates a brand new southern gateway into the city of Montgomery." With that gateway comes the ability to bring in new events said Harris.

The goal is to widen and smooth the roadway near the interchange and the Alabama River Bridge, but the downside includes slower traffic and lane closures starting around 7pm that could last throughout the night.

This phase of the project is slated to cost approximately $15 million dollars.

The project is supposed to be completed by Fall of 2010.