first_imgReported by WVUA 23 Reporter Erin McNallyConstruction crews have started on a new Alabama Highway 69 South project.The Alabama Department of Transportation has begun to add a through lane from south of the I-59/20 ramp to the south of the Highway 69 South and Skyland Boulevard intersection.“Well we’re trying to add another lane to tie into the third lane that’s going up to 69 south,” said David Walker, a transportation maintenance technician III with ALDOT.The project should wrap up in about two weeks, but that can change depending on the weather. Officials said the project is necessary due to the growing driver population in Tuscaloosa.“The city continues to grow and we try to grow with it,” Alabama Department of Transportation Public Information Officer John McWilliams said. “The city has grown by 10.9 percent since 2010 and it’s the fastest growing major five city in Alabama, so this is our way to keep up with that growth.”Roadwork will be taking place between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to better accommodate traffic. In addition, crews will be performing maintenance to roads in various areas throughout the work zone.“It’s good to see improvements,” Tuscaloosa driver Charles Lavender said. “It’s way past due, way past due. A lot of things could be better, but that’s good. They’re making progress.”During the 10 day period of construction, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures within the project limits and possible delays. All drivers should use extreme caution in work zones.last_img

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