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Corridor X project behind schedule

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Plans to complete Corridor X, an interchange that connects Birmingham to Memphis, are behind schedule.

The original goal was to have the I-65 tie-in portion completed by this fall, but the new goal is to have it finished by fall of 2015.

The section is a little over four miles from 41st Street at Carver High School north to Walker Chapel Road in Fultondale.

The $168.6 million project is the largest one bid by the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Crews are in tearing out the northbound lanes so they can be rebuilt over the next few months. Also in the fall, work will begin to tear out the southbound lanes and replace those.

Even though the contractor has only gotten about 60 percent of his pay for the project, about 95 percent of the time that was originally allotted for the project has passed.

That means the project is about 35 percent behind schedule.

"That mainly stems from some changes that we work with contractors on some bridges in the area. It's not necessarily the contractor negating to do work. It's a lot of discussion," Brian Davis with ALDOT said.

A section of I-65 that disintegrated into potholes on Friday also put a delay on the project.

ALDOT is still trying to determine what caused that pavement to disintegrate. They are testing it now and hope to have an answer by Friday.

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