Drivers using I-20 East in the Birmingham area should be aware of possible delays due to a project to improve Interstate 20.
The project is from I-59 in Birmingham to State Route 4 (US 78) in Leeds. It will continue as the Alabama Department of Transportation performs pavement reconstruction in Jefferson County.
According to ALDOT, beginning Monday, April 8 at midnight, weather permitting, Phase II of the project will initially close the eastbound lanes of I-20 from exit 130 to exit 136. The work is expected to last approximately 90 days.
To avoid lengthy travel delays, motorists are encouraged to use the signed local detours: Exiting I-20 East from I-20/I-59 South, take I-59 North to Exit 137 to I-459 South. Take I-459 south to Exit 29 to I-20 East.
Once the eastbound lanes are completed, the westbound lanes will close and a detour route will be used.
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).
About 74,000 vehicles travel each day past the Birmingham airport and continue on I-20 to the U.S. 78 Exit.
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.
For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.