A major re-surfacing project began Monday on one of the busiest stretches of roadway in Mobile.
Alabama transportation officials will resurface almost nine miles of I-10 from the west end of the Wallace Tunnel to east of Halls Mill Creek.
But, if you have visions of trying to drive to work sitting in backed-up traffic because lanes are closed, you might be surprised.
Road construction crews started putting their safety jackets on Monday morning getting ready to work on the first phase of an almost $15 million project to re-surface I-10.
Brian Aaron, Mobile Area Construction Engineer with the Alabama Department of Transportation, said, “As with any infrastructure, it has to be maintained, and the road is in the condition that its time to maintain it and resurface it.”
The first thing crews will do is demolish the old pedestrian bridge over I-10 between Texas and Canal Streets.
But, state transportation officials said don’t expect that work to tie up traffic.
Aaron said, “The crews will start on the eastbound side, and they will work everything that is outside of the roadway, and, then, on Sunday nights, they will actually take down the portions over the interstate with lane closures.”
In fact, state transportation officials said the work that will close part of the interstate will only done at night, Sunday through Thursday.
Aaron said, “98,000 vehicles a day travel I-10, so, we try to schedule our project around that.”
RAISING THE BRIDGE
After the pedestrian bridge is removed, crews will raise the bridge over I-10 at Michigan Avenue 16 inches to provide better clearance.
After that, the re-surfacing will begin, probably in June.
Aaron said, “We will be utilizing uniform police officers to patrol through the area. In addition, we will be using our existing overhead signs on the Bayway and on the interstate to kind of let motorists know what’s going (on), with lane closures and construction activities.”
So for now its smooth sailing, but, watch out for the road workers.
The project should be finished in July of 2015.