The Alabama Department of Transportation is hopeful the work will be completed around the beginning of 2010.
Mike Corley, a construction engineer for ALDOT’s 4th District said, “They’ve finished with the main road way. Right now they are working on the turning lanes for the side roads and on the crossovers.”
Work on these parts of the roadway is more time consuming than the paving of highway lanes, which are mostly finished.
“This is slow work even when you have good weather, but we’re not having good weather, but we’re not having good weather, so it’s going really slow,” Corley said.
ALDOT is in the process of adding a wearing layer of asphalt to the highway. The road construction project runs from Oak Grove to the Coosa County line.
The construction work is part of traffic improvements ALDOT began in July 2008.
Earlier this year ALDOT added new traffic signals at the intersection of Ft. Williams Street and U.S. 280, which gave motorists left turn signals when they were turning onto 280.
Other improvements included adding acceleration and deceleration lanes, removing two crossover lanes, closing the access point at Coaling Road and adding intersection luminaries.