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Re: Alabama
« Reply #550 on: October 14, 2021, 11:38:34 PM »

May I ask, with respects to exit 39 on I-22, is the changes on both the East and west side of the interchange or just one side?
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« Reply #551 on: October 15, 2021, 08:34:22 PM »

Both sides.
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Re: Alabama
« Reply #552 on: October 20, 2021, 09:49:47 PM »

Now, if the distance signs along I-22 could only refer to logical locations like Birmingham, Tupelo and Memphis...
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Re: Alabama
« Reply #553 on: October 29, 2021, 05:25:27 PM »

Agreed. To my knowledge, the first distance sign with Birmingham is not until you reach Carbon Hill.
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Re: Alabama
« Reply #554 on: November 08, 2021, 10:41:48 AM »

ALDOT has public commentary underway for the Linden Bypass, which will form what I assume is the four-lane upgrade of US 43 between Tuscaloosa and Thomasville. Interestingly enough, if you go to the Project Map section, it shows bypasses and upgrades to AL 69 between Moundville and Linden, which tells me that ALDOT eventually intends to relocate US 43 between Tuscaloosa and Linden onto AL 69.

https://volkert.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=d57d4c6975ab4eaabed29f86ec915db4
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Re: Alabama
« Reply #555 on: November 08, 2021, 11:25:46 AM »

I suspect what they'll do is use that extension of AL 69 South over to the bypass as the connecting piece for both US 43 and AL 69.  Bypass south of that connection is US 43 and bypass north of that connection is AL 69.
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Re: Alabama
« Reply #556 on: November 08, 2021, 06:35:17 PM »

ALDOT has public commentary underway for the Linden Bypass, which will form what I assume is the four-lane upgrade of US 43 between Tuscaloosa and Thomasville. Interestingly enough, if you go to the Project Map section, it shows bypasses and upgrades to AL 69 between Moundville and Linden, which tells me that ALDOT eventually intends to relocate US 43 between Tuscaloosa and Linden onto AL 69.

https://volkert.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=d57d4c6975ab4eaabed29f86ec915db4
There is also a bypass planned of Greensboro to the west and a realignment around US-80 so that SR-69 no longer has that weird concurrency with US-80 for about a half mile. I am not sure if there will be a interchange built where US-80 intersects SR-69 by Prairieville (which is where the realignment south of US-80 will tie into). Moundville's bypass will be going around the east side, this was supposed to be built back in the 2000's at the conclusion of the last 4-lane project north of Moundville but there was no funding until now. Another corridor that is planned to be built is a new 4-lane from Fayette to I-22, there's still no news on where it will go. I personally would like to see SR-13 4-laned from Tuscaloosa to Spruce Pine, and now with the new federal infrastructure funding passed it could possibly happen with or without Rebuild Alabama funds.
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Re: Alabama
« Reply #557 on: November 08, 2021, 07:47:17 PM »

What is that unfinished Highway going southeast out of Spruce Pine?
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Re: Alabama
« Reply #558 on: November 08, 2021, 08:40:11 PM »

What is that unfinished Highway going southeast out of Spruce Pine?

I believe that's the new alignment for State Route 13. > https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=21151.0

Much of Alabama 13 is a narrow, winding two-lane route that would difficult to widen.

Here's a drone flyover of the unfinished bridges and current state of those alignments:

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Re: Alabama
« Reply #559 on: November 08, 2021, 08:53:29 PM »

ALDOT has public commentary underway for the Linden Bypass, which will form what I assume is the four-lane upgrade of US 43 between Tuscaloosa and Thomasville. Interestingly enough, if you go to the Project Map section, it shows bypasses and upgrades to AL 69 between Moundville and Linden, which tells me that ALDOT eventually intends to relocate US 43 between Tuscaloosa and Linden onto AL 69.

https://volkert.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=d57d4c6975ab4eaabed29f86ec915db4
There is also a bypass planned of Greensboro to the west and a realignment around US-80 so that SR-69 no longer has that weird concurrency with US-80 for about a half mile. I am not sure if there will be an interchange built where US-80 intersects SR-69 by Prairieville (which is where the realignment south of US-80 will tie into). Moundville's bypass will be going around the east side, this was supposed to be built back in the 2000s at the conclusion of the last 4-lane project north of Moundville but there was no funding until now.

The idea of improving AL 69 into part of the primary route between Mobile and Tuscaloosa bothers me. We had some discussion in another forum of Governor Ivey's announcement of the intent to four-lane US 43 and, while I see it as having such a low priority as to ensure it'll never happen, if it did, I'd expect it to pass through the larger town of Demopolis and to enter the Tuscaloosa area via I-59-20, which would also require less widening mileage.

However, the scheme to upgrade AL 69 would make more sense if the idea was to minimize any need to four-lane the whole corridor by improving the performance of the relevant two-lane highways.
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Re: Alabama
« Reply #560 on: November 09, 2021, 12:50:34 PM »

What is that unfinished Highway going southeast out of Spruce Pine?
Why has that gone unfinished?

I believe that's the new alignment for State Route 13. > https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=21151.0

Much of Alabama 13 is a narrow, winding two-lane route that would difficult to widen.

Here's a drone flyover of the unfinished bridges and current state of those alignments:


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Re: Alabama
« Reply #561 on: November 09, 2021, 01:27:11 PM »

Why has that gone unfinished?

No money; that bypass might serve 30,000 people and truck traffic.
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Re: Alabama
« Reply #562 on: November 09, 2021, 03:49:43 PM »

Why has that gone unfinished?

No money; that bypass might serve 30,000 people and truck traffic.
Alabama has a habit of starting highway projects and then abandoning them. How do they fund highway construction?
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Re: Alabama
« Reply #564 on: November 11, 2021, 10:59:42 PM »

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Re: Alabama
« Reply #565 on: November 29, 2021, 11:52:18 PM »

Looks like ALDOT will be taking public comments soon for the rest of the proposed Thomasville-Tuscaloosa 4-lane corridor not covered in the Linden bypass scope/meetings. Just noticed today that the new highway was added to the public involvement meeting list at https://www.dot.state.al.us/news/publicinvolvement.html with the "Coming Soon" as the posted date.
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Re: Alabama
« Reply #566 on: November 30, 2021, 09:33:25 AM »

Why has that gone unfinished?

No money; that bypass might serve 30,000 people and truck traffic.
Alabama has a habit of starting highway projects and then abandoning them. How do they fund highway construction?

With some of the lowest gas taxes in the southeast, I'm not sure how...though it was bumped up a bit in 2019 (6 more cents/gallon) with 2 more cents each following year, as part of the Rebuild Alabama Act.

After driving through Haleyville and seeing so many closed/abandoned storefronts, I can't help but wonder if locals were concerned the bypass might have a negative impact on local businesses.

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