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Interstate 22
« on: January 26, 2009, 11:56:04 PM »

How is the I-22/I-65 interchange coming along? Any progress? They were starting when I was there last July.
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2009, 09:19:49 AM »

^^ I'd read that there were about five miles left to completed in Birmingham.


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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2009, 12:02:17 PM »

Only thing I've heard about any new limited access highway in Huntsville is the possibility that the southern toll bypass of Huntsville may come to fruition: http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/3116

Two problems with that article: 1) it is extremely dated (posted in 2007), and it totally butchers the proposed I-22 routing (Memphis-Huntsville-Decatur-Atlanta rather than the present Memphis-Birmingham route).
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2009, 10:48:20 PM »

Yeah seriously.  What's the deal with I-22?  I think once it's hooked to I-65 to label the damn road as I-22.  MS got I-69 so why not?  How is the construction at I-65 going?
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2009, 09:43:48 PM »

Does anyone know the status of I-22? When will ADOT start construction of the I-22/I-65 interchange?
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2009, 10:40:39 PM »

http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/metro.ssf?/base/news/1230369332210850.xml&coll=2

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I-65/Corridor X interchange work slated to start in spring
Road widening, ramps slated
Saturday, December 27, 2008
GINNY MacDONALD
News staff writer

By mid-May motorists will see a lot more work on the $241 million Interstate 65-Corridor X interchange, the Alabama Department of Transportation's most expensive construction job.

Construction will include running the corridor under I-65, and the rebuilding and widening of I-65 to eight lanes along the interchange.

Exit ramps also will be built leading to three-lane collector-distributor roads along the interchange, which will extend about four miles from 16th Street in Birmingham to U.S. 31 in Fultondale.

ALDOT plans to open bids for the interchange work on March 27. Construction is expected to take four to five years, but the state could allow the contractor to add work shifts to expedite construction. That would lessen the time needed to complete it, but it would increase costs.

The corridor, which will eventually become Interstate 22 linking Birmingham to Memphis, is now open to motorists from Memphis to Graysville.

The initial work will be to reconstruct I-65 from 41st Avenue to Fultondale. As the new roadway is completed, traffic will be shifted to it and the process will continue until the new interstate through the interchange is complete.

"This is the biggest project to be constructed in the state," said Mike Mahaffey, head of construction for ALDOT's Birmingham division.

Work has already begun to widen I-65 from 41st Avenue North to 16th Street North in preparation for the interchange construction.

The $73 million widening work is expected to be completed within two years. A second project, to widen I-65 from 41st Avenue to Walker Chapel Road, is scheduled to begin next year.

The last paving job on the corridor, 1.3 miles to connect to the I-65 interchange, will be bid in February with work to begin in April, Mahaffey said.

Work continues on about five miles of the corridor between Cherry Avenue and I-65. Work on the 2.5-mile section from Cherry Avenue to Coalburg Road is behind schedule, but workers are installing right-of-way fences and pouring flumes for drainage. A six-mile section from Graysville to Cherry Avenue in Forestdale is open to local traffic only.

A 1.3-mile section of the corridor that barrels through what was once Smithfield Estates is under contract with clearing under way. Work on the last interstate connector section is to begin in April....

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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2009, 12:26:24 AM »

The last time I was on US 78 (Future I-22) was about two years ago (?).

1) Is the speed limit at Future I-22's terminus with Cherry Avenue 65 m.p.h.?

2) Will the speed limit be increased to 70 m.p.h. (in Alabama) when the entire freeway is completed and signed as an Interstate?

3) Were portions of old US 78 used to construct new US 78 (Future I-22)?


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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2009, 07:42:54 AM »

^^ Oh, okay, thanks for addressing my questions.


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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2009, 11:23:52 AM »

I think I-22 should be extended even east of Birmingham,AL. I would have I-22 follow US 280 East to GA 520. I would have I-22 swallow US 82/GA 520 whole all the way to Brunswick, GA. I think the possibility is there to have an interstate from Memphis to Jacksonville, FL and I-22 would be one of the most traveled routes in the Southeast.
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2009, 12:10:59 PM »

^^ That's a good idea. Hopefully, I-14 will get built, and maybe an extension of I-185.


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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2009, 12:36:04 PM »

OKroads has taken pictures of the US 78 (I-22) a couple of months ago:

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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2009, 02:59:08 PM »

Thanks, for the shameless plug of my Flickr, Chris.  :D

Here are links to my U.S. 78 (future I-22) photo pages from when I drove through there in late December:

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/okroads/sets/72157612682552814/

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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2009, 03:16:19 PM »

^^ Nice.


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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2009, 12:58:00 AM »

Hmm...it'd be nice if we had a more direct Jacksonville to Atlanta route (although, I-10 to I-75 does fairly well), but I don't see I-22 getting extended down here...
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2009, 01:39:28 PM »

there is a story in the birmingham news today that the corridor x connection project to i-65 is trying to get stimulus funding and the northern beltline in birmingham will be named i-422

http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/metro.ssf?/base/news/1243325715144810.xml&coll=2
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2009, 04:03:27 AM »

there is a story in the birmingham news today that the corridor x connection project to i-65 is trying to get stimulus funding and the northern beltline in birmingham will be named i-422

http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/metro.ssf?/base/news/1243325715144810.xml&coll=2

Interstate 422, that's the first I've heard of that designation for it. I always surmised that an I-x59 would be used for it.

Also, was there not a feasibility study of extending the Interstate 22 freeway east to I-20/59 currently underway?

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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2009, 04:08:30 AM »

I would rather an extension of I-22 to I-20 than a single mile of I-422 EVER be built.
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2009, 02:39:02 PM »

I requested a set of almost-complete plans from ALDOT for the I-22/I-65 interchange, and I received them today. Some observations from the plans:

  • Most of the work involves widening I-65 and constructing the interchange elements that are needed to continue service to existing roads. The base and pave for the I-22 ramps and mainline will come in a separate project.
  • The plans include widening I-65 to eight lanes minimum through the I-22 interchange complex, with a cross section of up to 12 lanes at Daniel Payne Drive, just south of the I-22 interchange. A similar setup exists north of the I-22 interchange where the CD roads merge back into the main lanes of I-65.
  • The interchange complex consists of a CD road system that starts at Daniel Payne Drive from the south and ends at the US 31 interchange north of the I-22 interchange. The CD road varies from two lanes to as much as four lanes in one direction.  In essence, the I-22 interchange will be one and the same with the US 31 Fultondale interchange.
  • The I-22 interchange itself is a directional interchange with direct connectors from I-65 NB to I-22 WB, I-22 EB to I-65 NB, and I-22 EB to I-65 SB.
  • The cross-section of I-65 with the CD roads approaches 300 feet wide in some spots.

Work is underway to widen I-65 from Daniel Payne Drive to I-20/59 to eight lanes. Going through there a few weeks ago, I'd say the work is approaching 65% completion. The contract to build this interchange was set to be let last year, but funding dried up. I believe ALDOT could have used stimulus money to build this interchange, but instead opted to divert that money to other projects. I keep hearing from news sources that the contract could be let by the end of this year, but with the pricetag for this interchange being upwards of $150 million, I am not holding my breath.
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2009, 06:22:18 PM »


Interstate 422, that's the first I've heard of that designation for it. I always surmised that an I-x59 would be used for it.

Also, was there not a feasibility study of extending the Interstate 22 freeway east to I-20/59 currently underway?

From what I have seen, if I-22 is extended to I-20/59, I-22 will meet I-20/59 near Tallapoosa St.

On another note, I-22 will soon be finished to Coalburg Rd.
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2009, 06:34:21 PM »

Update:

Corridor X opened from Cherry Ave to Coalburg Rd yesterday.  I drove it earlier today and will post pictures later.
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2009, 07:46:09 PM »

But I was just there! I missed it by two weeks!!

I assume that there are stubs at the end of the Coalburg Road interchange for its final leg to Interstate 65/U.S. 31?

In my opinion the rest of the future interstate should have been built all at once (from Cherry Avenue to Interstate 65/U.S. 31) but I must remember we do live in the day and age where it takes 40+ years to build an interstate across two states!! If it were built in the 1960's you know it would have already reached its terminus interstates, on both ends!! :)
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #21 on: December 10, 2009, 07:56:37 PM »

Update:

Corridor X opened from Cherry Ave to Coalburg Rd yesterday.  I drove it earlier today and will post pictures later.

Alright. Can't wait to see them.


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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2009, 08:02:22 PM »

But I was just there! I missed it by two weeks!!

I assume that there are stubs at the end of the Coalburg Road interchange for its final leg to Interstate 65/U.S. 31?

In my opinion the rest of the future interstate should have been built all at once (from Cherry Avenue to Interstate 65/U.S. 31) but I must remember we do live in the day and age where it takes 40+ years to build an interstate across two states!! If it were built in the 1960's you know it would have already reached its terminus interstates, on both ends!! :)

Yes, there are stubs at the Coalburg Rd interchange.  The road is being graded from Coalburg Rd to about 2000 feet of the I-65 interchange.  It will not be paved until the interchange with I-65 is built.
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #23 on: December 10, 2009, 09:11:39 PM »

Here are some photos I took of the new sections:

First, Coalburg Rd Northbound approaching the ramp to US 78 westbound


US 78 Westbound approaching Cherry Ave:


US 78 Eastbound approaching Coalburg Rd:


Last but not least:


I have more photos and I may post them as time permits.
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Re: Interstate 22
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2009, 12:16:33 AM »

Hopefully when I-22 gets designated, they'll dump those stupid Corridor X shields and go back to the normal US-78's... :|
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