Perry Hill Road/ I-85 Construction Update


By Ellis Eskew

Construction continues on the Perry Hill Road exit.
The 8.4 million dollar project has crews busy widening the bridge, creating more lanes, and installing new traffic signals. But some drivers are getting weary of it.

 "I pass there twice a day every day.There is just so much going on, cones everywhere. There's sometimes work going on, sometimes not. Typically you see people pulled over left and right. Just a concerning area overall," said Mike Keene.

Shamiya Hopper says, "it's a mess. They need to hurry up cause they got traffic backed up and have a lot of people running late."

The good news is the Alabama Department of Transportation is trying to fix that problem.

"This is the beginning of making the interchange more accessible and get rid of congestion that so frequently piles up here especially during drive time hours," said Rebecca White, ALDOT spokesperson.

Right now, drivers heading north on I-85 will see some changes to the exit ramp to Perry Hill Road.

 "Now it's gone to 4 lanes. There will be two that can come and stop at the stop light and turn left and go to Perry Hill Road, and the other two will come and stop at the stop light and turn right on Perry Hill Road going towards Vaughn Road," said White.

White says crews continue to work on raising the bridge and then will start work on another exit ramp loop for drivers to access I-85 north from Perry Hill Road.

Some drivers say the construction isn't a problem for them.

"So far it don't bother me, but I would like to see it fixed. I can deal with it," said Mardrece Atchison.

But they tell us they are ready for it all to come to an end.

"Hope it works out. Hope its going to be worth it," said Atchison.

The project is set to be completed in November.


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