Paving set for Highway 118

By ED HOWELL
Posted 8/30/18

Drivers over a number of weeks will need to be aware of major paving being done on U.S. Highway 118 west of Jasper. Walker County 911 posted about the work on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon after …

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Paving set for Highway 118

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Drivers over a number of weeks will need to be aware of major paving being done on U.S. Highway 118 west of Jasper. 

Walker County 911 posted about the work on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon after receiving an advisory from Jasper police, asking drivers to "avoid this are if possible."

John McWilliams, a Tuscaloosa-based spokesman for the West Central Region of the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), said Wednesday that resurfacing, restriping and guard rails will be placed in the area. 

"It goes from east of the intersection with Gamble Road to the junction of Highway 69 (Elliott Boulevard)," he said, spanning 1.6 miles. He noted the Shell station near U.S. Interstate 22 is near Gamble.

"They will do both eastbound and westbound lanes," he said. "They anticipate it will be finished by this fall. It can vary on completion dates, but it will probably end sometime around Halloween." 

Crews will be allowed to work in the road Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., he said.

Another resurfacing project will also be undertaken soon on Highway 118, from Ripley Loop Road east of Carbon Hill to east of the junction with Saragosa road, he said. That project, reaching is 3.1 miles, should be completed later this year, with the same number of working days set. 

McWilliams urged drivers to be careful around the construction and to observe speed limits, especially around the workers at the job sites.