Expect delays on I-65 through the end of July as ALDOT does roadway maintenance

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - For the next month, you may see major delays on I-65 as crews do maintenance on the roadway.

Around noon Monday, traffic backed up for nearly three miles on I-65 all the way back to the Tennessee River bridge. It's the price to pay for a smoother drive.  “Our district crews are out there patching the roadway," says Seth Burkett, a spokesman for ALDOT.

It's only a band-aid for a much bigger cut. ALDOT says the stretch of Interstate 65 from the river to Exit 351 is the next in line for a big upgrade. “The next project for resurfacing will be that section but this is just a maintenance patching to hold it over until then," says Burkett.

The patching started Monday and will last until the end of the month. Keep in mind, temporary lane closures will change each day.  “Going to be rolling operations so don’t anticipate closures in the same place from day to day, they will be rolling these operations," he says.

ALDOT officials want to remind you when you drive up on construction crews, to be extremely careful. The last thing they want to do is repeat the tragedy they lived through in April.

Jake Smith was moving barrels on a different stretch of I-65 when he was struck and killed. He left twin boys and a wife behind.

So when signs ask you to slow down, keep in mind, a life may depend on it.  “Drive carefully, anticipate some single lane closures," says Burkett.

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