Completion date changed for I-20 widening project
by Will Heath
Jul 29, 2012 | 8975 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Officials said this week that the projected completion date for the widening project on Interstate 20 has been pushed back.

The Alabama Department of Transportation’s “Progress 20” project — to widen the last four-lane segment of the interstate between Pell City and Moody — began in 2010, and originally had a targeted completion date of Oct. 1, 2012. According to an ALDOT spokeswoman, however, the new target for completion is the summer of 2013.

Rebecca Leigh White said the new date is due to some “geotechnical issues” that were unforeseen when the project began.

“When we began blasting, we found some unusual rock formations, some soft dirt and soft rock,” White said. “When you go in and blast, you can’t always determine what you’re going to find.”

ALDOT workers have been conducting rolling roadblocks and closing lanes at night during the week since the project began, as long as weather has permitted them to do so.

“We are still working as diligently as possible,” White said. “Now we are looking at a completion date of the summer of 2013.”

White also noted that the state is actually working on I-20 outside St. Clair County, as well. In fact, ALDOT projects are ongoing in Talladega, Calhoun and Cleburne counties.

“We’re working to have brand new lanes all the way to the (Georgia) state line,” she said.

Reduced speed limits remain in effect for the work zone. Updates regarding the construction are available at progress20.com; email updates are also available by replying to kvorys@mpf.com.