The Alabama Department of Transportation will begin repaving around 2 miles of a Tuscaloosa highway this week but will try to minimize their impact on traffic by working at night.

John McWilliams, a spokesperson for ALDOT, said their work will repave Highway 215, known locally as 15th Street before it becomes Veterans Memorial Parkway and is expected to last several months and wrap up in late summer.

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McWilliams said ALDOT's contractor will work on the stretch of highway between 10th Avenue East and the entrance to Traditions Condominiums, which is past 30th Avenue East.

That would likely lead to increased traffic around University Mall, Target and Home Depot, the standalone Starbucks there and more, but McWilliams said the road work will only be conducted at night to minimize its impact on local motorists.

"The nighttime project is expected to begin Sunday, March 12 and continue until late summer 2023, weather permitting," McWilliams said. "The contractor can only close lanes between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. to reduce the impact on traffic."

Some delays are still possible and Williams asked drivers to observe whatever work-zone speed limits are in place.

The $2.65 million project will was awarded to Birmingham's Midsouth Paving, ALDOT said.

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