Corridor X causes slowdowns on I65 Wednesday

Work continues on Interstate 65 as part of the Alabama Department of Transportation's project to build an interchange to connect I-65 to Corridor X in Jefferson County.{} As of now, blasting operations are scheduled for Wednesday, March 27 at 1:30p.m.Because of the blasts, rolling roadblock by Alabama State Troopers and the City of Fultondale police will slow I-65 traffic northbound and southbound between the Fieldtown Interchange (Exit 271) and Daniel Payne Drive (Exit 264). The operation will also affect US-31 southbound and northbound traffic from Ellard Road to the US-31 southbound on ramp to I-65 until blasting is complete. This operation should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.Once completed, Corridor X will be an interstate highway between Birmingham and Memphis, TN. The scheduled completion date on the project is 2014.A reduced speed limit of 45 mph is in effect throughout the work zone. Motorists are requested to consider using alternate routes, adjust arrival/departure times, observe work zone speed limits and other work zone signs, and use extreme caution in this area. ALDOT thanks motorists for their patience during this construction operation to improve Alabama's roadways. {}For additional road closure information, visit