Construction Begins on Interstate 10

Construction Begins on Interstate 10

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MOBILE, Ala. - 98 thousand vehicles travel the span of interstate 10 from the Wallace tunnel to the I-65 interchange everyday. It's been 12 years since it was last resurfaced and ALDOT says it's about time for another.

"The life cycle of asphalt pavement with that amount of traffic is 12 years long and it's been 12 - 13 years since our last resurfacing project. Right now at the current state, there are some pavement failures, a lot of cracking, which allows cracking to breakdown and into your base and cause additional problems," said Matt Ericksen, Assistant Region Engineer for ALDOT.

The first thing to go will be the rusted overpass near the Canal Street exit. It was built in 1969 and has been closed since the 1980's, creating an eyesore.

"They would get on their skateboards and ride across the catwalk on their skateboards or bicycles. That's the part that I remember with the catwalk," said Roxann Runderson who has lived near the overpass for over 50 years. Says once the jail was built, inmates would break out and the catwalk was an easy access for them to get away.
So, the catwalk closed, and she's now pleased to hear it will be removed.

"Yes because it's not serving a purpose. Because of the rust, it's an eyesore rather than something nice to look at," said Runderson.

After the catwalk is gone, ALDOT's will then raise the bridge over the highway at Michigan Avenue to maintain minimal clearances that will be needed once resurfacing starts.

"When we overlay the road, we will be raising the grade up a few inches. So to maintain that height for the trucks to pass underneath, we'll have to jack-up the bridge," said Ericksen.

As for traffic disruption, ALDOT says the majority of the work will be competed overnight and urges motorists to watch for reduced speed limits.

"Public safety will be working with us enforcing those speeds. So we just ask that we proceed cautiously through our work zone," said Ericksen.

The majority of the construction will be from 7pm to about 6am. The project is scheduled to be completed next summer in July.
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