DRIVING YOU CRAZY: Hwy. 72 & Chapman Mountain

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - For a lot of people, all you have to say is "road work" and Highway 72 over Chapman Mountain just automatically comes to mind. Crews have been working to improve that area around Moores Mill Road for quite some time.

Only lately have we really been able to see, and appreciate, the progress they're making.

Well, there some good news in this week's Driving You Crazy report. It's coming along, and it's a lot better today than just a short time ago.

It was just a week or two ago they had traffic down to one lane at Moores Mill Road. The traffic would back up beyond Shields Road and sometimes well past that. Now, they have two lanes open at Moores Mill, and the Alabama Department of Transportation says it won't be long before three lanes are open.

In fact, there were three lanes open just east of Moores Mill Tuesday afternoon, but it narrowed back to two lanes before drivers reached the top of Chapman Mountain. A spokesperson for ALDOT says the worst of the construction delays are behind us now.

"They've started with some median work. They're going to be putting down some concrete. That's in preparation for an additional turning lane going onto Moores Mill Road," according to ALDOT spokesperson Seth Burkett.

Burkett says there will be some sporadic instances of lane closures as crews install new light poles and signage, and while the last of the repaving is completed. Plus, there's still a lot of work to do on each side of the roadway from Shields Road all the way back up the mountain. But the good news is the project is on schedule, and should be completed in February.

Burkett says the project is roughly 60% completed. Once finished, he says the drive from that part of the county into Huntsville will be much quicker and safer. He says they also expect the improvements to pave the way for new businesses to be developed in that area.