The Alabama Department of Transportation on Sept. 27 will open contractors’ bids on a project to grade and pave the remaining 3.7 miles of the road that will connect Interstate 20 to Alabama 21 and U.S. 431 north of downtown Anniston.
According to Alabama Department of Transportation spokeswoman Rebecca White, the bids should be reviewed and approved by the end of November. Once the winning contractor is notified, the company will have 15 days to begin work, she said. The project is projected to cost between $12.6 million and $15.3 million.
White said contractors will be building and preparing the road through most of 2014. She said the paving phase can’t begin until after winter because the asphalt has to cure and can’t do so in cold temperatures. But weather shouldn’t affect early phases of the project, which include grading the road and working on culverts and bridges, she said.
The project documents call for the job to be done in 305 working days, which White said could translate to as much as two years. She estimated that work would wrap up by spring or summer of 2015.
Early phases of construction work will include building drainage culverts at Lindale Drive and Sprague Avenue. Residents can expect some disruption of traffic along U.S. 431 and Alabama 21 as workers prepare to tie in the bypass to the two highways.
Anniston City Planner Toby Bennington said he was pleased that everything seems to be on schedule with the project. He also noted that the estimated project completion is within months of other nearby projects that would help provide access into McClellan — the completion of Iron Mountain Road and improvements to Pappy Dunn Boulevard.
Bennington said the completion of the parkway into U.S. 431 will connect I-20 to I-59 between Oxford and Gadsden.
“It opens up a large marketing window for the area,” he said.
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