ALDOT UPDATE: I-65 Tennessee Bridge Resurfacing Progress

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Rebecca Leigh White, spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Transportation wants to clear up confusion about the projected end date for the overlay and resurfacing of the I-65 Tennessee Bridges that span Morgan and Limestone Counties.

Contractors were given 20 working days for project completion. Since the project start date on July 16, White says contractors racked up 15 consecutive work days without rain. contractual work days are defined as actual days crews are out on the job. 

“Work days as defined by the contract have nothing to do with calendar days,” White says, “it’s a very different thing and it’s easy to understand how a regular citizen — someone not involved in construction or road building projects — could get the two confused.”

The fact that as of July 30th crews had finished 15 “working” days does not mean they had 5 more calendar days — making the finish date Saturday August 4th — to finish the project. Rebecca White says if it happened to rain continuously, then sure, it might take two more additional weeks, possibly more.

“But, we don’t think that’s going to happen,” said White. “They’ve been looking ahead at the weather forecast and they think they may be able to complete the project by next week, dependent once again on weather conditions and if they are able to lay this polymer surface down.”
 
Rebecca White says the outside northbound bridge lane is near completion which will help open up northbound traffic as the southbound work is completed.