SPANISH FORT, Alabama (WKRG) – A new four-lane freeway is coming, but for now, drivers are crisscrossing the Spanish Fort construction area on Highway 31.
“There is a sea of orange cones here and people always have to make sure they are going in the right direction,” Spanish Fort Police Chief John Barber said.
In fact, every few weeks, teams from the Alabama Department of Transportation adjust the flow of traffic on Highway 31 as they work on the major highway widening project. This creates problems for the police and frustrates drivers.
“With all the cones here, it can be quite dangerous for people trying to get in and out of these subdivisions and businesses in the Highway 31 area,” Barber said.
It’s a trend Barber notices during construction phases as drivers navigate the constant changes, but he hopes it’s temporary.
“We looked at the statistics because we saw complaints about it. We’ve seen wreckage that I would say contributed to someone not being able to see properly, not just the cones here, but a lot of times construction vehicles can obstruct their view, ”added Chief Barber.
ALDOT updated WKRG News 5 this week saying the contractor should complete the project before Christmas. Another lane change will take place this Thursday evening.
The contractor plans to implement the rest of the traffic from the west end of the project east of the Papa Johns store on the night of Thursday, September 9. The contractor will open all lanes during this change with temporary tracing. “, they declared.
Once done, the final paving and final scribing will begin. ALDOT and the police are asking drivers to exercise caution and patience while work is completed in the coming months. Posted speed limits are 30 mph on Highway 31, compared to 45 mph before work began. Chief Barber said the speed limit is expected to drop to 45 mph later this year.