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ALDOT director shares updates on progress of I-22, I-20/59 projects

The I-22/65 interchange should have been completed last month. (Source: WBRC video) The I-22/65 interchange should have been completed last month. (Source: WBRC video)
The I-20/59 bridge will be rebuilt starting next year. (Source: WBRC video) The I-20/59 bridge will be rebuilt starting next year. (Source: WBRC video)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Director John Cooper updated the public on Friday about several ongoing and upcoming road projects.

The main focus of his talk was the I-22/I-65 interchange which was scheduled to be completed on October 15.

Cooper said the contractor told him it will now be be August of 2015 before it's complete.

He made it clear the contractor did not meet ALDOT expectations on this $168 million project.

Cooper said it's a complex project and there have been several issues that include the bridge design, and issues with logistics like the arrival of material.

But the delay does mean the contractor is being penalized by ALDOT.

"The contractor is being penalized under the terms of the contract - $2,000 per day. That will continue for every day that the job remains open and we have placed the contractor on disqualified status in Alabama. So they're not eligible to bid any work in the state of Alabama...until they return in good standing upon completion of this job," Cooper said.

At that penalty rate, the contractor could be fined $578,000 if the work is in fact incomplete until August 2015.

Another project Cooper talked about today is the bridge construction on I-20/59 through downtown Birmingham.

He said the three-phase project is moving forward on time and construction is set to begin in late 2016.

Another big one project already underway is widening I-20/59 in the Tuscaloosa area to three lanes of traffic in both directions. That widening will stretch all the way to McFarland Boulevard.

Cooper said it will be another four to five years before that's complete.

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