The Alabama Department of Transportation plans to finish implementing the first phase of the changes along Highway 280 Friday night.
Crews will begin altering the traffic patterns at 7 p.m. August 2. The changes include activating a U-turn signal at Overton Road and removing the outbound traffic light from Cherokee Road.
ALDOT will complete paving between Cherokee and Green Valley roads as well as the guard rail installation near the water works treatment facility. Crews will also clean up the highway for the upcoming changes.
Davis says driver's guides for Highway 280 have been placed in the city halls of Mountain Brook, Homewood and Vestavia Hills. Drivers are encouraged to pick up the guide and be prepared for the changes.
For complete list of the affected intersections, as well as tips on how to navigate the new traffic flow, please visit ALDOT's website http://better280.org.
Here is a break down of the major changes in Phase 1:
-Motorists who need to make a left turn from Cherokee Road onto Highway 280 inbound will have to take a right and travel to Overton Road where they can take a U-turn.
-There will now be a traffic signal at Overton Road to help motorists make safe U-turns and left turns from Highway 280 outbound.
-At Green Valley Road, outbound traffic will no longer stop at a light. Motorists wanting to turn left onto Green Valley Road from outbound will still have a signal. Motorists wishing to turn left from Green Valley Road onto 280 outbound will cross the inbound lanes according to a traffic signal and then use an acceleration lane to merge with outbound traffic (See third illustration on the Better 280 website).
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