BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – Beach-goers beware, traffic on Interstate 65 southbound through Birmingham is backed up with spring break drivers.
One WHNT News 19 employee says it took her 1 hour to go 3 miles Saturday afternoon. The standstill is right around Highway 31 in Hoover, past the I-459 interchange. That’s where construction has 4 lanes merging into 2.
Factor this travel time into your spring break drive if you plan on heading south through Birmingham.
According to a release from the Alabama Department of Transportation, the two left lanes and shoulder of Interstate 65 South just before the 1-459 on-ramps will be closed through Monday morning for concrete pavement repairs. The outside lane (right) will be the lone, open lane of travel, which is causing traffic to back up for miles north of Birmingham.
We know what you’re thinking: Why would ALDOT schedule road work on the state’s main artery to the beach at the start of spring break?
“This work is being scheduled during the weekend due to the repairs requiring the two I-65 southbound inside (left) thru traffic lanes to be closed and also due to the extended time required to remove the deteriorated concrete pavement; to place new concrete and allow adequate time for the concrete to cure properly before reopening the travel lanes to traffic,” ALDOT said in its release.
ALDOT suggests motorists to use Hwy. 31 South as an alternative to I-65, but you can expect heavy congestion on both roads.