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Reconstruction on I-59 to close all Southbound lanes in Trussville for 12 months

TRUSSVILLE — The reconstruction on I-59 to close all Southbound lanes in Trussville for 12 months.

“You’re not going to be happy when you see,” Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat said. “They’re literally going to shut down the southbound lane. As far as the ramps getting on southbound I-59 all the way to Argo.”

Choat explained that motorists will not be allowed on the interstate during the construction.

“The plan is to put this on the fast track,” Choat said. “Normally, a project like this will take a couple of years to do. We want to have this done in 12 months if possible.”

Trussville Police Chief Eric Rush said the plan to close the southbound lanes for 12 months is “insane.”

“That’s insane for 12 months, 12 months, no way I know Highway 11 will be gridlock bumper to bumper like a parking lot,” Rush said.

Rush explained that Chalkville Mountain Road is the busiest County Road in all of Jefferson County.

“The traffic count is huge on that road,” Rush said. “So all of that traffic is going to have to come to Highway 11. With all the traffic coming out of Clay, Pinson, Center Point, Grayson Valley, it’s just not going to work.”

Once the Southbound lanes are completed, then ALDOT plans to route the northbound traffic over to the southbound side and have one lane open, going both ways while they complete the northbound side all the way through.

“We may have a little more traffic on Highway 11,” Choat said. “Just hope all this other work gets done before the end, but there’ll be a chance for input.”

A public meeting is planned to discuss reconstruction and lane addition on I-59 in Trussville on Thursday, March 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will be held at the Trussville Civic Center. This will be an Open-House meeting without a formal presentation. Project information, including maps and comment forms, will be available for review. Representatives from the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Design Consultant will answer questions.

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) announced the opportunity to obtain information on Project Number: RACR-037-I59-010, the reconstruction and lane addition on I-59 from I-459 to CR-10 (Chalkville Mountain Road).


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