Big changes ahead for Highway 331 expansion

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The 5-mile stretch starts from state Highway 94 and goes south to the La Grande community in south Montgomery County.

DOT officials say the idea of widening that part of Highway 331 was something they couldn't ignore. With a daily traffic count of more than 5,400 cars and trucks, the time had come to do something. Generally speaking a 4-lane highway is much safer than a two-lane road.

"That area has really grown in the last 25 years," said Tony Harris, Public Information Officer for the Alabama Department of Transportation.

The entire project will cost around $15 million of your money, funds coming from federal stimulus money.

Harris says at some point this new 4-lane stretch of 331 should be a huge benefit to everyone.

"That thoroughfare is often used for people going to the beaches or even Friday night football games in the area," said Harris.

Construction begins in mid-December, a job that will probably take about 2 and a half years to complete.

A closer look of that daily traffic count. 21% of it consists of commercial traffic, meaning 18-wheelers and big trucks.

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