Driving You Crazy: South Memorial Parkway traffic to let up soon

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - It's a sea of red along South Memorial Parkway, brake lights, no matter your direction. The three and a half year long project along the parkway seems like it's never ending.

This isn't something that will last forever, because workers are moving quickly on phase one of the project. "The contractor has good reason to operate quickly and efficiently to get the project complete not only on time but early," said Seth Burkett, ALDOT.

That's because $2.5 million is on the line if they finish phase one by September 1st of 2017, and for every day after, well that's up to $30,000 off their paycheck.

But you'll see traffic lessen well before 2017. ALDOT says what we're experiencing now is the worst of it, and won't last much longer. "We think that the biggest issues are happening right now and over the next few months. It's mostly the process of getting the utilities in the ground and building up the area along the shoulder," said Burkett.

Once they get the roadway widened and the service roads completed, the rest of the work will be mostly in the middle of the parkway to start on the mainline and overpasses. "We don't anticipate that interrupting traffic as much," said Burkett.

Which will cut down your travel time, whether you’re going one mile or 20.