One I-65 sinkhole fixed, crews to start on other

By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Drivers are wondering how much longer it'll take to fix the sinkhole on I-65 between Valleydale and Cahaba Valley Roads. Crews have completed one of the sinkholes in the shoulder area, now they are focusing on the other sinkhole in the median.

So at 11pm Thursday night, crews will begin the process of repairing the other one. The work is expected to be complete by 6am Friday.

It's been nearly two weeks since repairs started, and it's caused major traffic delays not only on I-65, but there's been heavier traffic on Highway 31 as it's used as a detour

ALDOT engineer Brian Davis says the heavy traffic on I-65 has made the project more difficult to complete. Yet, crews are on schedule.

"When people travel to work Friday morning, they are going to get near the sinkhole. For northbound, they will see the lanes moved over 24 feet," said Davis.  "That creates a work zone we are going to need."

Crews will do the same road work to all three southbound lanes sometime next week.

Once the actual repair work begins, crews will work 24 hours a day until that second one is complete.
To help traffic flow faster, ALDOT has temporarily changed the timing on the traffic lights.

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