MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – A lot of people have called the WSFA 12 Newsroom wanting to know why traffic is so slow around the Interstate 65/85 interchange.
In a word: construction.
There is good news, however. Alabama Department of Transportation officials say maintenance work on Interstate 65 North, just north of the Northern Boulevard, ended at 2pm.
Traffic flow was expected to return to normal pace by 3:00pm. The work was to repair the asphalt road surface at the north end of a bridge. The work was necessary to maintain the integrity of the interstate surface.
DOT says similar work has been and will continue to be necessary on parts of Interstate 65 between Prattville and Montgomery in the coming weeks.
The DOT says maintenance work on surfaces and exit ramps of Interstate 65 in Elmore County, in the Prattville/Millbrook area, is 90 percent complete.
Pavement repairs in Montgomery County on I-85 and I-65 started Thursday.
The maintenance projects are part of a statewide roadway improvement plan that looks at repairing state, U.S. and Interstate highways.
"We are always working to improve Alabama's roadways and are directing our full attention to ensuring those roads are safe to travel on," said Transportation Director Joe McInnes.
"Maintenance on these portions of I-65 and I-85 is keeping with the huge growth and economic impact this part of the state has seen in the past few years."
Wiregrass Contracting out of Dothan is the project contractor on the $460,000, two-county projects. Approximately 2300 tons of bituminous asphalt is being used in the pavement preservation projects.
Work in Elmore County includes resurfacing the southbound on-ramps at the Exit 179 Interchange and Exit 181. Additionally, several lanes in both directions between mile marker 177 and Exit 181 have been repaired as well as lanes on U.S. Highway 14 running under I-65. Upcoming work includes repaving the northbound on-ramp at Exit 181 in the upcoming weeks, weather permitting.
Motorists are asked to consider using alternate routes, adjust arrival/departure times, observe work zone speed limits and other work zone signs, and use extreme caution in this area. ALDOT thanks motorists for their patience during this construction to improve Alabama's roadways.