UPDATE: 6/30/20 10:15 p.m.: ALDOT says the Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-10/SR-181 will open at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Please note that in the weeks following the interchange opening, motorists can expect some occasional, alternating lane closures in the work zone as the contractor places the final asphalt layer, places permanent stripe and markers, and pours the concrete islands.
UPDATE 6/29/20 5:40 AM: An ALDOT spokesman said a heavy downpour before dawn Monday “did not cause any delays to the overall timeline” of the Diverging Diamond Project.
ORIGINAL STORY: SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) — Weather permitting, the Alabama Department of Transportation is closing the Interstate 10 and State Route 181 interchange tonight at 9 p.m. in order to prepare it for shifting traffic into the new diverging diamond configuration.
The job closes the SR-181 north and southbound lanes between Eastern Shore Blvd. and Demetrios Blvd. as well as the I-10 entrance and exit ramps beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday night. Motorists will not be able to exit or enter I-10 at SR-181 nor will they be able to cross the I-10 overpass on SR-181.
The contractor crews will work 24 hours daily to perform striping and lane reconfigurations, barrier rail and guardrail installations, signage installation and modifications, and signalization of the interchange during this time in order to minimize the time of closure. Motorists will be detoured at Exit 35 where they can use US-90 and US-31 to access SR-181 and I-10.
Traffic enforcement officers will be present during this time period to assist in these closure operations. This will also include tow trucks and first responders, who will be positioned within close proximity to I-10 during the closure to quickly assist with any traffic accidents which could cause additional delays or congestion near the interchange. Business accesses will remain open north and south of the interchange along SR 181.
The interchange will be open with traffic shifted into the new diverging diamond traffic configuration by Wednesday, July 1, at 5 a.m.
“After all is said and done and the project is complete, we expect a much more efficient and safer interchange for motorists. Less congestion and headaches on a daily basis,” said Katelyn Turner with the Alabama Department of Transportation.
In the following weeks after the traffic shift, drivers can expect alternating lane closures throughout the work zone as the contractor places concrete islands, the final asphalt layer, and permanent striping, and completes the installation of permanent signals before the project is accepted as complete.
Find updates on the Eastern Shore Diverging Diamond Interchange Facebook Page and well as on Twitter.
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