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codyg1985:
I haven't seen a thread that contains general Alabama material outside of Mobile and Huntsville, so I am creating a thread for the rest of Alabama for smaller projects and questions.

Here is an interesting presentation that shows construction of bridges along the relocated AL 13 in Franklin County over Bear Creek: AL 13 is in the slow process of being upgraded to an expressway between Spruce Pine, AL and Eldridge, AL.

http://www.eng.auburn.edu/department/eesv/T2/files/2011_conference/BRIDGES%20OVER%20BEAR%20Creek.pdf

ttownfeen:
I didn't realize that construction of a four-lane expressway from the Shoals to I-22 was already in progress.  That's a pretty big bridge for a lake I'd never heard of before.

Why does it seem like all the highway constructions projects go to North Alabama, while the western part of is constantly left in the cold?  There's no four-lane route between Tuscaloosa and ANY other city in Alabama and Mississippi that's not an interstate. For example, US 82, which is a freeway in large parts of Mississippi, is a two-lane gauntlet between the state university town and the state capital.

NE2:
That part of SR 13 has been graded for some time with construction stalled. I don't see the point - traffic headed east (Birmingham) can use SR 157 and traffic headed west can use Corridor V once that's completed. Jasper seems to be the largest city connected to Muscle Shoals by SR 13.

South Alabama's getting some construction, such as US 98 (yeah, it's taking forever) and the Georgiana bypass to complete the four lanes from Opp to I-65.

Alex:

--- Quote from: NE2 on November 02, 2011, 08:46:19 PM ---
South Alabama's getting some construction, such as US 98 (yeah, it's taking forever) and the Georgiana bypass to complete the four lanes from Opp to I-65.

--- End quote ---

They are out of money on it again, no progress has been made since 2009.  :ded:

The one project that is making progress is the Baldwin Beach Express. Money was shifted from the CR 13/I-10 interchange project for the county road. Not much else to report about in Southwest Alabama.

codyg1985:

--- Quote from: NE2 on November 02, 2011, 08:46:19 PM ---That part of SR 13 has been graded for some time with construction stalled. I don't see the point - traffic headed east (Birmingham) can use SR 157 and traffic headed west can use Corridor V once that's completed. Jasper seems to be the largest city connected to Muscle Shoals by SR 13.

--- End quote ---

AL 13 doesn't quite make it to Jasper. At Natural Bridge, AL 5 runs southeast from there to Jasper, and AL 13 runs due south to Eldridge, Berry, and Tuscaloosa. AL 5 used to continue along AL 13 north from Natural Bridge all the way to Florence, but it has since been truncated to Natural Bridge.

Haleyville, the largest city in Winston County, would be the largest city along a widened AL 13. As of now the widening isn't scheduled to happen south of US 78/I-22.

Traffic volumes along AL 13 in Fayette County are very light.

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