MONTGOMERY, August 28, 2007 - A major change associated with the Interstate 65 widening project will take place this week - possibly as early as Tuesday night - with area commuters waking to a slight shift from the existing roadway into the newly-constructed temporary shoulders around the existing bridges between Catoma Creek and the I-85 interchange.
Work continues on this $79.59 million project to build additional lanes, widen bridges and resurface the existing roadway on I-65 from the north end of the Catoma Creek bridge to the south end of the Mill Street bridge. The project also includes widening the bridges from north of Fairview Avenue to the Alabama River Bridge in Montgomery; a subsequent project will finish widening that stretch of roadway.
Until further notice, the traveling public can expect to see the following while traveling in the construction zone:
- Temporary lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning on Monday nights and ending on Friday mornings, and on weekends between 9 p.m. on Friday nights and ending at 6 a.m. on Monday mornings. These lane closures will continue until further notice.
- Construction speed limit of 45 mph will be heavily monitored and strictly enforced by an increased law enforcement presence for the duration of the project.
- As in all roadway construction projects, the public should anticipate delays especially during high congestion times of the day.
The upcoming traffic shift is necessary for contractors to have an adequate working area as they widen the existing bridges. This shift will take place northbound and southbound and will involve shifting all through lanes from the existing roadway toward the outside shoulder. Drivers should be aware that temporary concrete barriers will be installed on both sides of the roadway in these areas, and narrower, 11 foot lanes will be maintained throughout the entire construction zone. Drivers can also expect a heavy police presence. Traffic will travel on the shoulders in these areas until summer of 2008.
Around June of 2008, traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed median lanes to facilitate rubblizing the existing concrete pavement. Work is schedule to be complete in October 2009, after which the subsequent lane additions will continue on the roadway south of the Alabama River Bridge.
WORK ZONE DRIVING TIPS
- Adhere to the posted speed limits.
- Pay attention.
- Use proper turn signals for lane changes.
- Do not weave in and out of traffic.
- Keep a safe distance from the car ahead.
- Try to avoid driving next to 18-wheelers and large trucks.
- Minimize distractions such as using cellular telephones.
- As always, buckle up.
- For your safety and the safety of others, watch for lane/ramp closures and detour signs.
- Continue to pay attention to work zone signs, even when the work is long term or widespread.
- Remain calm.
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