I-20 WB lanes to reopen tonight in Jefferson County - WVTM-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Birmingham, AL

I-20 WB lanes to reopen tonight in Jefferson County

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL -

"Progress continues on Alabama's Interstate as the Alabama Department of Transportation resurfaces approximately 10 miles of I-20 from I-59 in Birmingham to State Route 4 (US 78) in Leeds," according to the Department of Transportation.

Phase II of the project, which closed the westbound lanes of I-20 from exit 136 to exit 130, is scheduled to completely re-open to traffic tonight between 9 p.m. and midnight. Part of the roadway has reopened.

"Plans were to do asphalt patching repairs on both eastbound and westbound lanes of I-20, which involved having various lane closures from the I-20/ I-459 Interchange to the 1st Leeds Exit (milepost 140). Following the patching of both the eastbound and westbound lanes, they were milled for slope correction and paved with asphalt binder, asphalt wearing surface and then restriped," according to a news release.

The department estimates around 74,000 vehicles travel every day past the Birmingham airport and continue on I-20 to the U.S. 78 Exit. That wear and tear on the concrete and asphalt wore out the roads, leading to the road work.

Mike Surani is the manager of the Citgo gas station in Irondale, along Highway 78. 

He says since construction began on I-20 west, up to 20 customers come to store on a daily basis asking for directions to get around the construction. Surani had hoped the construction and more people traveling along Highway 78 would lead to more business, but it didn't. 

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