Westbound lanes of I-22 set to reopen today
by Rachel Davis
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Crews spent Tuesday completing the final work on the westbound lanes of Interstate 22. The lanes are expected to reopen to traffic this morning. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
Crews spent Tuesday completing the final work on the westbound lanes of Interstate 22. The lanes are expected to reopen to traffic this morning. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
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Crews hope to begin removing barriers on I-22 at 6 a.m. today and westbound lanes of the interstate should reopen at 8 a.m., barring any inclement weather.

The roadway will remain open in both directions through the holiday, but the eastbound lanes of I-22 will close on Monday, July 7, at 7 a.m. between Exit 57 and Exit 65, through Jasper.

The eastbound lanes will be repaved, just as the westbound lanes have been.

The repaving is expected to last approximately 12 weeks. During this time, the traffic will be routed onto Highway 78.

“Before that fourth of July weekend, we want that traffic back on the Corridor,” Brian Davis, DOT engineer for the area, said when paving first began. “We want to go through the holiday with no impediment to traffic.”

The eastbound paving 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.

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 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. Also included in the roadwork is a $10,000 per day incentive for finishing early or penalty if they finish late.

The Alabama Department of Transportation requested drivers consider using alternate routes, adjust arrival/departure times, observe work zone speed limits and other work zone signs and use extreme caution in this area.