Drivers traveling along North Airport Road in Jasper are beginning to see the first of what will be many delays and closures because of a project to widen and resurface a segment of the much-traveled …
Drivers traveling along North Airport Road in Jasper are beginning to see the first of what will be many delays and closures because of a project to widen and resurface a segment of the much-traveled road.
Jasper Mayor David O’Mary said Tuesday that workers began Monday with the initial work that’s needed to get the project underway.
O’Mary said officials from Hanceville-based Carcel and G — the contractors overseeing the project — told city leaders the work could take about six months.
“The work that you’ll see going on now is preparing a different road bed — a wider road bed — and grading some property,” O’Mary said, “and at some point you’ll see them taking up the existing road.”
The mayor said many have asked if the project is just to widen the road. Work begins at the intersection between Walgreens and CVS and ends near the entrance to Woodland Hills subdivision.
“It is widening it, but’s not as simple as just putting in another lane,” he said. “You’ll see turn lanes change, and that extra width will be utilized in different places. I’m not trying to shortchange people on information, it’s just not that easy toi explain.”
Changes made should improve access to businesses on both sides of the road where the work in being done, he said. The intersection at Alabama 118 and Airport Road will also be reconfigured.
“That will make access on to Highway 118much easier and much safer,” O’Mary said.
At times, drivers can expect delays caused by lane closures. Other times, the entire road will be closed.
“You’ll see different things going on,” O’Mary said. “Right now it’s not completely shut down, but there will be times when it’s more restrictive.”
Fortunately, the mayor said, there are several alternative routes for people to take when the road is compoletely shut down.
“We’re just asking for everyone’s patience,” he said.