DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Traffic in Decatur can be a pain on a good day. But crews are moving over lanes on a major thoroughfare, putting up construction cones and lowering the speed limit.
Decatur Utilities crews plan for the work to take more than a month. They’re getting their part of a bigger project done so they can get out of the way for ALDOT crews.
ALDOT will be adding a third lane to where traffic veers off Highway 31 North to Highway 20 then restructuring a key intersection where traffic in Decatur is held up by a light.
DU crews are doing their work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. to minimize the impact on traffic flow. Then later in May, ALDOT will start work on restructuring the intersection at Sixth Avenue and Wilson Street in Decatur.
“We are going to reduce the light cycle time from 2 1/2 minutes at that intersection to a little over 30 seconds,” said Decatur City Council President Gary Hammon.
ALDOT will take away a left-hand turn cycle which allows traffic to turn from Sixth Avenue onto Wilson Street.
“We’re going to encourage people to take Highway 67 to get on Interstate 65,” Hammon said.
ALDOT says the contractor has 160 working days, or about a year, to do it. They plan to keep the roads open but will likely close lanes as needed.
The contractor was chosen in February but probably won’t get started until mid May.
The $6.5 million project won’t cost Decatur anything. It’s split between the federal and state governments.
A warning to drivers: The speed limit has been reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph.