Work began in late October until inclement weather for asphalt paving halted progress for nearly two weeks. Roadwork started again this week along a roughly half-mile stretch from Noble Park to the railroad tracks at East Fifth Street.
There have been single-lane closures along this portion of road; however, contractor Dunn Constriction is seeking to minimalize traffic disruptions, said ALDOT fourth division engineer DeJarvis Leonard.
“They are trying to work the project in sections to avoid having the whole length of the project in the construction phase,” Leonard said. “They’re working from the park to the railroad tracks with plans to finish that section this week. We don’t anticipate any major paving after that until after Christmas or first of the year.”
While the road work will likely end after this week, Leonard said a concrete subcontractor will continue modifying the sidewalks along Alabama 21 to bring them in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The $1.1 million ALDOT project encompasses a 3.3-mile stretch from Country Club Road to County Road 511. Contractors have already completed about 1.3 miles. When roadwork picks up again after the holidays, Leonard said they will finish the section through downtown to the intersection of County Road 511.
The completion date of the project depends on the weather, Leonard said.
“It’s scheduled for 50 working days, and they’re on track with that,” he said. “Rainy days don’t count, and they lost a week and a half last week, so weather permitting, it will probably be more like February before this is completed.”
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