All westbound traffic will be rerouted to U.S. Highway 78 while the project is completed.
The closure could last as long as 12 weeks, according to a press release, although, Brian Davis, DOT engineer for the area, said the project must be completed before July 1 or the contractor could face a daily $10,000 fine.
That $10,000 a day can also serve as an incentive for the contractor to finish early, allowing them to earn that amount for bringing the project in ahead of time.
That incentive is because the DOT does not want the increased holiday traffic on the older four-lane highway.
“Before that fourth of July weekend, we want that traffic back on the Corridor,” Davis said. “We want to go through the holiday with no impediment to traffic.”
Crews began placing signs notifying drivers of the closure and detour on Wednesday and hope to have all those signs in place by the end of the day. The road will officially close at 7 a.m. Monday, Davis said.
Good Hope Contracting of Cullman will be performing the repaving and striping of the future interstate. They were awarded the contract in late March.
The eastbound lanes will be closed in a similar fashion, forcing that traffic onto Highway 78 following the July holiday. That portion of the repaving must be completed by Sept. 8.
The pavement will have to cure before the final striping can begin. The striping is expected to be completed by Nov. 7.
The total cost for the project is estimated at $19.2 million and will also include finishing touches like smoothing out the areas where the roadway connects to bridges.