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Alabama Department of Transportation officials say the Outer Loop project is six miles of construction.

These workers are building up the road bed on I-85 that will connect to the loop's off ramps. This work will continue into next year.

A lot of these cement sub-structures or support columns are popping up. They will hold up the ramps carrying traffic off I-85 and onto to Montgomery's outer loop.

"In the last month we've begun to set the vertical spans that will actually be the surface for the bridge deck. Ultimately, the bridge surface will be right on top of these vertical spans," ALDOT Spokesman Tony Harris said.

Harris says the project includes 10 bridges, four of which are ramps. The other six will be used for the re-alignment of Highway 80 and State Route 126.

"We'll be into the process of putting the driving surface on probably sometime late next year," Harris said.

The bridges over Vaughn Road are complete. Harris says the ramp that comes off of I-85 to Vaughn Road is the furthest along as far as completion.

"These girders have been set within the last month. It will carry 1-85 Northbound traffic off the interstate and on to the Montgomery Outer Loop going toward Vaughn Road," Harris said.

Harris explains the future flow of traffic in that area.

"When you come off I-85, you come off of that big, dirt mound. It will be paved by the time we open the road. And you will hit a bridge that will fly you over 1-85 and carry you down to the Montgomery outer loop that connects to Vaughn road," Harris said.

It's a clear field now, but this will be the main roadway for the Montgomery Outer Loop. A loop that officials say is on time for construction completion in December of 2014. Then there will be another two years of road paving before the loop is ready for traffic in late 2016.

The project is estimated at $66 million dollars. ALDOT officials say the paving project will be another multi-million dollar project estimated at $20 million dollars.

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