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Gov. Ivey announces plan to expand portion of I-65 to six lanes in Shelby County

(Photo from the Governor's Office)

Gov. Ivey is directing Alabama Department of Transportation Director John Cooper to expand a portion of I-65 in Shelby County from four to six lanes.

The announcement came as part of a meeting with the Shelby County Legislative Delegation, according to a release from the Governor's office.

“Infrastructure development is economic development. If traffic is congested and our roads are blocked, transportation is slowed and the wheels of economic progress are slowed. As Governor, my quest is to provide Alabama’s families and small businesses with every opportunity for success; this project is just the start of our statewide focus of spurring economic growth through improving our infrastructure,” Governor Ivey said.

The plan will expand I-65 from exit 238 in Alabaster to exit 242 in Pelham

“Governor Ivey is to be commended for her leadership on increasing the traffic capacity along a very congested portion of I-65 in north Shelby County. Our community is experiencing tremendous population and economic growth and our roads need to keep up. I am thankful that Governor Ivey recognizes the importance of infrastructure in economic development, and I look forward to working with her on future projects, both in my district and around the state,” Senator Cam Ward said in a news release.

ALDOT will begin taking bids on the plan prior to the end of 2017. The plan is estimated to cost roughly $50-60 million and is anticipated to require two years to complete. Construction is expected to begin by the end February 2018.

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