I-20 eastbound lanes reopened between I-59 and I-459 - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

I-20 eastbound lanes reopened between I-59 and I-459

Detour plans for I-20 West. Source: ALDOT Detour plans for I-20 West. Source: ALDOT

ALDOT confirms that the eastbound lanes of I-20 between I-59 and I-459 have reopened.

The lanes were closed April 9 for paving and restriping. The westbound lanes of I-20 along the same stretch will be closed in the near future but an exact close date has not yet been announced.

In addition to causing traffic headaches, some businesses along I-20 have reported a sharp decrease in business since the shutdown.

Read ALDOT's press release on the I-20 repairs below:

Progress continues on Alabama's Interstate as the Alabama Department of Transportation resurfaces 10 miles of I-20 from I-59 in Birmingham to State Route 4 (US 78) in Leeds.

Phase II of the project which closed the eastbound lanes of I-20 from exit 130 to exit 136 is now completed and open to traffic.

Plans are to begin work on the westbound lanes in the near future and details will be forthcoming with a detour route to be used. A $30,000 per day incentive/disincentive is included in the contract with the bonus to the contractor calculated upon completion.

Plans are to do asphalt patching repairs on both eastbound and westbound lanes of I-20, which will involve having various lane closures from the I-20/ I-459 Interchange to the 1st Leeds Exit (Bass Pro Shop). Following the patching of both the eastbound and westbound lanes, they will be milled for slope correction and paved with asphalt binder, asphalt wearing surface and will then be restriped.

About 74,000 vehicles travel each day past the Birmingham airport and continue on I-20 to the U.S. 78 Exit that carries you to the Leeds Retail Outlet. The concrete and asphalt have worn out due to the heavy volume of traffic and heavy loads by large trucks.

The Alabama Department of Transportation's $38.6 million project will rebuild 9.8 miles of the interstate in both directions.

The expected completion date for the entire project is early Winter 2013.

Motorists are requested to consider adjusting 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.

ALDOT's mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally and economically sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us

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