By Ashley Nix
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Construction work started Monday on a project to completely redo a portion of Interstate 65 from Hoover to Vestavia in both north and southbound lanes. Outside lanes will be closed as crews set up a barrier wall to separate traffic from work being done and workers.
After a couple of days, workers will start to replace the concrete on the roadway. Over time, traffic will be moved, but two lanes will be open at all times. Brian Davis with the Alabama Department of Transportation says the work is badly needed.
"For years it's been our most problematic section of I-65," said Davis. "And as difficult as it is for drivers to entertain another project on Interstate 65, once were done with the concrete, we will be done with that section for years to come."
Davis says repair work to potholes has happened often over the last few years. But with 120,000 cars traveling that stretch of interstate everyday, the project to redo the concrete instead of patching more potholes is necessary.
DOT will detour traffic on Highway 31 for some phases of the project, but Davis says he knows some drivers will chose to take Highway 31 anyway. For that reason he is working with the City of Hoover to change the timing of traffic lights to allow extra traffic flow through Hoover.
This project is on the fast track, projected to be complete by the end of 2011.