Keel Mountain Road scheduled to open May 1

Keel Mountain Road scheduled to open May 1

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Good news for drivers who use Keel Mountain Road. It’s supposed to open May 1.

The construction project at Keel Mountain Road is stream rolling ahead with the asphalt being placed on Wednesday. Madison County Commissioner Craig Hill says on Thursday, guard rails and reflectors will be placed on the road.

Construction crews have been working on the 250 foot long section of Keel Mountain Road since February. Engineers say the road shifted more than three inches and there were holes almost three feet deep. Part of the shift is being blamed on this past winter’s historic flooding. With the help of this heavy equipment, the road is now almost fixed.

“We had to do a little more than we anticipated. The cost is going to be around half a million dollars,” said Hill.

We talked with commuters who are tired of seeing these detour signs. They’re ready for the barricades to come down so they can get back to normal.

“Thirty minutes, plus sometimes. If you’re behind, like if it’s in the morning time, you’re in trouble,” said commuter Joe White.

Next Wednesday, Keel Mountain Road is set to reopen. Drivers say it’s long overdue.

“If it’s on time according to their schedule it’s a great thing. But you know, according to our schedule it’s been a long time because the road has been blocked off to me it seems like three months,” said White.

Despite some of the hiccups with this half a million dollar construction project, commissioner Craig Hill says the project will be completed on time, May 1.

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