Exit 79 work delayed, will start next week

Published 10:04 am Thursday, February 8, 2024

I-85 ramp closures are expected to start tomorrow, Feb. 13. And last approximately six weeks. The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) will be reconstructing the I-85 interchange at US-29, where Exit 79 goes into Valley. 

For motorists, this means both exit and entrance ramps on the interchange will be closed during construction. ALDOT will provide a detour by way of I-85 and Fob James Drive. 

The project will come in phases, phase one work will consist of removing the asphalt from the ramp and replacing a portion of US-29 with concrete pavement. The work was planned to start on Tuesday, Feb. 6, if weather permitted, but had to be pushed back.

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Future phases of the interchange reconstruction will see other lane shifts, closures, and detours. 

ALDOT recommends considering alternate routes, adjusting arrival and departure times, and especially using caution when driving in the area. The Department asks motorists to observe the lower, work zone, and speed limits, and be mindful of work zone signs as work crews are out.