The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has awarded a $33.9 million contract for a major road improvement project along McFarland Boulevard from Highway 69 to Rice Mine Road. The project is expected to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion along US-82.

This 2.77-mile project is the first major project covered under the ALDOT Rebuild Alabama Act. Improvements will include the addition of a new travel lane in each direction, better access management, improvements to traffic flow and reduced congestion to businesses. A shared-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians will also be added.

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These improvements will impact more than 50,000 daily commuters, according to ALDOT's latest traffic counts for this stretch of McFarland Boulevard.

The bid went to Ikaros, LLC, the lowest of three bidders at $33,910,000. Proceeds from the state gas tax increase will go towards funding the project.

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin sometime in mid-to-late November and continue until summer 2024. At least two lanes will be open in each direction at all times for the duration of the project.

To better accommodate traffic, additional roadway closures will not be allowed Thursday through Sunday evenings during University of Alabama home football game weekends.

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