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      Phase one of I-20 reconstruction from Birmingham to Leeds to begin Sunday night

      The Alabama Department ofTransportation says a month-long project to improve travel on Interstate 20 inBirmingham to U.S. 78 in Leeds will begin Sunday night.

      Phase one of Progress 20's I-20 reconstructionwill begin at 7:00 p.m., if weather allows. Crews will begin patching eastboundand westbound lanes of I-20 in Birmingham, which will involve various laneclosures from the I-20/I-459 Interchange to the Bass Pro Shop Exit in Leeds.After patching, lanes will be milled for slope correction, then paved, and finallyrestriped.

      ALDOT says the work is expected totake four weeks.

      Drivers will not need to worry aboutany detours. Westbound lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. and eastbound lanes willreopen at 6 a.m. every day.

      Approximately 72,000 cars drive everyday past the Birmingham Airport and continue on I-20 to the U.S. 78 Exit inLeeds. The Department of Transportation says the concrete and asphalt have wornout due to traffic and heavy loads carried by large trucks.

      The reconstruction is part of ALDOT's$38.5 million project will rebuild 9.8 miles of the interstate in bothdirections. It's expected to be completed by late 2013.

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