Construction, repaving on Highway 72 causes hazard on already congested road

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - What is already a congested, high traffic area is only getting worse. It's all in the name of improvement, but the amount of road work and construction barriers on Highway 72 east is causing some potential hazards and headaches for commuters.

"It's time consuming and you have to have patience," said commuter Mary Carlton. "At least I knew to expect it after the first time."

Construction barriers line the westbound lanes from Shields Road to the I-565 interchange.

"We're resurfacing thee eastbound roadway, and then the major road work we're currently doing also is adding an additional lane westbound from Shields Road," explained Johnny Harris, Regional Engineer for the Alabama Department of Transportation/

The $9 million project aims to improve commutes on the already congested highway. But in the meantime expect not only delays, but the outside westbound lane is now two feet narrower than usual.

"They are there for the protection of the drivers and the workers there," said Harris.

Harris advises large trucks and trailers to stay to the inside lane.

Turning West from Shields and Moores Mill, barriers just two feet into the lanes, so drivers have to make a wider turn or else risk hitting the barrier if they aren't paying attention.

While it may seem to be an obvious warning, Harris advises drivers to obey the posted speed limits.

The project is expected to take 18 months, not counting time for weather delays.

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