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Westbound portion of I-20 to be closed for reconstruction

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -

A portion of I-20 westbound will be closed for pavement reconstruction.

Starting at midnight on Monday, July 8, phase III of the project to improve road conditions on I-20 will close westbound lanes from the I-20/I-459 interchange to the I-20/I-59 interchange. 

The roadwork is expected to last upwards of 90 days, however, a $30,000 daily incentive is included in the contract if the project is completed early.

According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, nearly 74,000 cars travel past the Birmingham International Airport and onto I-20 continuing on to the Leeds area.  The traffic volume has caused the asphalt and concrete to become worn.

ALDOT plans to spend nearly $39 million in order to repair the 9.8 miles of roadway on both the east and west bound lanes.  The entire project is estimated to be completed by winter of this year.

Construction on the eastbound lanes was completed earlier this year, with the lanes reopening June 10.

Motorists planning to take I-20 West are encouraged to take I-459 North to Exit 33-A to I-59 South.  Drivers are also encouraged to drive with caution, paying attention to posted speed limits and other work zone signs. 

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