Contractors for the Alabama Department of Transportation will be in the Tuscaloosa area for the next several months to repair bridge decks and install new guardrail on Interstate 20/59.

John McWilliams, an ALDOT spokesperson, said the project is expected to begin next Monday, January 8th, and last through the summer, weather permitting.

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The work will begin around milepost 64 and improve sections of the interstate up to mile marker 72, just before the Luther Stancel Pate III Memorial Bridge.

The $4.5 million project will be carried out by Comanche Construction, and McWilliams said they are required to keep at least one lane open at all times during their work.

They will also not be allowed to cause lane closures longer than two miles.

Even so, the project will mean inevitable delays and traffic in that area through the first two quarters of the year - motorists should plan accordingly and observe work-zone speed limits.

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