By Scott Richards
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - In an exclusive interview, Gov. Bob Riley told FOX6 News anchor Scott Richards about a new plan to add toll lanes to the busiest part of the highway.
Here is the plan as explained by Gov. Riley:
Starting at Double Oak Mountain, there would be four elevated toll lanes over top of the current free six lanes.
Then, at I-459 by The Summit, the elevated toll lanes come back down to grade and continue all the way up to the Red Mountain Expressway in Birmingham.
So, from I-459 to Red Mountain Expressway, there would be 10 lanes: the current six free lanes, plus four more toll lanes in the middle.
The total drive time from Birmingham to Double Oak Mountain would be 10 minutes.
Gov. Riley told FOX6 news the stretch through Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook and Homewood would also include "urban interchanges" to allow people to get on or off the toll road. Turns would also be made off of the free lanes.
Gov. Riley said all of this could be completed within three years.
Gov. Riley said there would be no toll booths. Instead, cars using the express toll lanes would be charged by using microchips and cameras.