I-65 Shelby Co. sinkhole update

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Alabama Department of Transportation continues the drilling operation to make an assessment for repairs on the sinkhole that occurred on I-65, south of the Valleydale Road Interchange (Exit 247) at Pelham, in Shelby County.

On Thursday, July 8 at 8 p.m., the southbound (left and right) lanes will be closed to perform the drilling operation to further assess the extent of repairs needed. The southbound (center) lane will remain open, and all northbound lanes will also be open.

All travel lanes should be open to traffic no later than 5:30 a.m., Friday, July 9.

Depending on what is found during the drilling operation, the same procedure could follow Friday night. This drilling operation is necessary in order to assess and monitor the repairs needed for the sinkholes.

There is no indication at this time how long the engineering assessments and repairs will take.

State troopers will assist with traffic control. ALDOT will provide frequent updates to the news media in addition to the information available online and through other means.

This work is being conducted during night-time hours when interstate traffic volumes are low.

Motorists are requested 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 operation to improve Alabama's roadways.

For additional road closure information, visit www.dot.state.al.us