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February 13, 2012

Sinkhole on I-65 North forces closure

Detour at exit 325 north

CULLMAN — A sinkhole on Interstate 65 will require the road to be closed around the Cullman County and Morgan County line this week.

The Alabama Department of Transportation has shut down the northbound lane to repair a slide on the outside shoulder near mile marker 330, between Hartselle and Priceville.

The abrupt closure took effect Monday, and ALDOT officials say the repairs will be made “as quickly as possible.” An exact schedule for how long the detours will be in place has not been released.

This is not the first time commuters on I-65 have had to deal with sinkhole delays. In March 2010, a stretch of road near the current sinkhole was closed for two weeks while crews repaired the area.

Drivers are being encouraged to use alternate routes when possible this week, and adhere to reduced speed limits leading into detour zones.

The detours will take passenger vehicles traveling northbound off exit I-65 North at exit 325 (Thompson Road) then proceed west on Thompson Road to U.S. Highway 31; then north to State Route 67; then south on State Route 67 back onto I-65 at Exit 334 (Priceville). An alternate route will run from exit I-65 at exit 328 onto State Route 36; then east to State Route 67; then north on State Route 67 to I-65 at Exit 334 (Priceville).

Commercial trucks will be directed off I-65 at Exit 318 (Lacon) onto U.S. Highway 31; then north on US Highway 31 to State Route 67; then south on State Route 67 to I-65 at Exit 334 (Priceville).

Oversized loads traveling northbound will be directed off I-65 at exit 310 (State Route 157) and should follow the approved route displayed on their printed permit.

For live updates on repairs in the area, drivers can tune into the Highway Advisory Radio System (HARS) at 1650 AM near mile marker 312; and 1670 AM near mile markers 315 and 317.

 

‰ Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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