Repaving project will shut down portions of I-20

Repaving project will shut down portions of I-20

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The repaving will be done between the I-20/59 and I-20/459 interchanges. Source: WBRC The repaving will be done between the I-20/59 and I-20/459 interchanges. Source: WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

If your commute takes you along I-20, a big detour may be coming your way in about a month.

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is preparing for a repaving project. It will be done in two parts between the 1-20/59 split and the I-459 interchange and ALDOT will be completely shutting down those lanes during the work.

The I-20 eastbound lanes will be repaved first and then the westbound lanes will be repaved. ALDOT says that each section will take 90 days to complete. They expect to begin work April 8 and some people in the area are already preparing themselves for the big inconvenience.

"We use the interstate a lot," Shane St. John said.

St. John owns B&S Towing in Irondale. He's already preparing by reviewing back roads and other alternate routes.

"You have to prepare for it and know the different routes you can take," St. John said.

ALDOT engineer Brian Davis says there is a suggested detour. Starting at the I-20/59 split drivers will go straight onto I-59 west and then take I-459 South to loop near trussville back to I-20 east.

Davis says about four or five years ago closing down a portion of an interstate completely was unheard of in Alabama. But he says times have changed.

"People are seeing that as we overworried about inconveniencing the public we are taking so much longer to complete projects that they are costing us so much more money and in the end the public is still inconvenienced," Davis said.

It's an idea that makes perfect sense to St. John.

"You're talking a year and half versus 90 days. It's only going to affect about 15 minutes of drive time," St. John said.

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