DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Work to ease a major traffic headache will begin at the Highway 31 Tennessee River bridge in Decatur on Monday. The work will center around the intersection at Highway 31 and Highway 20 at the foot of the bridge.
There are major traffic issues both ways on the 31 bridge and on Highway 20. This work is aimed to help that congestion, but it will make rush hour slow going for the next six to eight months.
ALDOT will reduce Highway 20 from Bank Street to Highway 31 from four lanes to two. A new left-turn lane will be added at Church Street for traffic going north on 31, taking drivers to Well Street, where there will be a traffic light allowing them to turn onto Highway 20 West toward Florence.
Coming south off of the bridge, an additional turn lane onto Highway 20 West will be built. ALDOT will add a lane on the Highway 31 South causeway to provide an extra turn lane onto Highway 20 East toward I-565 east. Senator Arthur Orr helped secure funding for the $6.5 million project.
"In the end, this should really help commuting traffic coming to and from the north side of the river. So it'll help in the long term, but it's going to be a difficult time in the short term for the coming months." Orr said.
ALDOT Officials are advising drivers to take suggested detours onto I-65. An overflow may also cause delays on Highway 67.
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