I-20 WB lanes closing for months-long repaving project

I-20 WB lanes closing for months-long repaving project

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The westbound lanes of I-20 will be closed from the I-20/59 split to 459 starting Monday. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC The westbound lanes of I-20 will be closed from the I-20/59 split to 459 starting Monday. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham drivers, get ready for major delays on your daily commute.

The Alabama Department of Transportation will close the westbound lane of I-20 on Monday, starting at the I-20/59 split and going to I-459.

Recently, the eastbound lanes over the same stretch were closed for repaving.

Business owners in the area remain concerned about the road work even though many admit it was not as bad as they thought when the eastbound lane first closed.

"We were real worried and it turned out a lot of business people wouldn't come during lunch because they couldn't get out here. Too much hassel," Sammy Derzie with Golden Rule Bar-B-Q said.

Derzie said he was surprised the impact was not even greater. The restaurant owner expects even a smaller impact when the westbound lane closes.

Up the road on U.S. 78, the owner of B & S Towing and Recovery was also concerned about dumping heavier traffic on 78. His business depends on getting to wrecks quickly.

"We placed our truck in different locations. They are out around the city so we can respond to accidents a little quicker," owner Shane St. John said.

While the road work has been inconvenient, St. John agreed it was also not as bad as he expected. In fact, St. John said the work on I-20 eastbound is a now a smooth ride.

"It's worth it. I drove the new interstate. It's a lot better than it used to be. The guys doing it got in there and done quick. I'm looking forward to the finished product," St. John said.

So what does the average driver say about the latest round of traffic nightmare?

"Go around, go around. Detour," driver Richard Champion said.

Champion, along with everyone, is looking for all of the road work to be completed.

"Yep. Pain in the butt sometimes," he said.

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