MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – To facilitate repairs on the northbound portion of the I-65 General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge, northbound traffic is scheduled to be shifted to the southbound bridge on Friday at 9 a.m.
Concrete barrier rail has been placed to separate the two lanes on the existing southbound bridge to accommodate one lane of traffic in each direction. Northbound traffic will shift to the southbound bridge using a crossover just south of the bridge.
Northbound traffic will merge back onto the existing northbound lanes using a crossover before the SR-225 exit, north of the bridge.
The 25-day repair contract begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 21. The northbound bridge will be closed to traffic throughout the repair process.
The scope of work for repairs includes replacing 250 feet of bridge deck and heat straightening approximately 50 feet of the steel girder that was damaged in a fire caused by a traffic accident on May 22.
The contract was awarded to McInnis Construction, LLC, after ALDOT verified its $2.3 million bid was the lowest that met project requirements. The repair schedule, means, and method will be under the direction of the contractor.
The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph on the existing southbound bridge. In addition, the lane widths are reduced so loads wider than 12 feet will need to take an alternate route.