More McFarland Boulevard upgrades coming soon

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Michaela Redmond

The Alabama Department of Transportation is making some big improvements along McFarland Boulevard as part of the Rebuild Alabama initiative.

The $33.9 million contract will encompass 2.77 miles between Highway 69 and Rice Mine Road, located just north of the Black Warrior River, and will improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in the area.

A travel lane will be added in both directions, along with making pedestrian and bicycling improvements.

“It will also be improving access management and providing better access to businesses,” said ALDOT Public Information Officer John McWilliams.

Construction begins in November and the expected completion date is summer 2024.

But drivers who traverse that section of road daily shouldn’t worry about any construction-related travel issues, McWilliams said.

“We are going to have two lanes open at all times throughout construction to make it easier for people traveling,” said McWilliams. “We won’t have construction Thursday evening through Sunday evening when Alabama plays a home game.”

ALDOT funded the project through the state’s gas tax increase.

McWilliams said he encourages drivers to leave earlier once construction begins and to be mindful of workers on the road.

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