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Phase one of I-20 reconstruction from Birmingham to Leeds to begin Sunday night

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The Alabama Department of Transportation says a month-long project to improve travel on Interstate 20 in Birmingham to U.S. 78 in Leeds will begin Sunday night.

Phase one of Progress 20's I-20 reconstruction will begin at 7:00 p.m., if weather allows. Crews will begin patching eastbound and westbound lanes of I-20 in Birmingham, which will involve various lane closures from the I-20/I-459 Interchange to the Bass Pro Shop Exit in Leeds. After patching, lanes will be milled for slope correction, then paved, and finally restriped.

ALDOT says the work is expected to take four weeks.

Drivers will not need to worry about any detours. Westbound lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. and eastbound lanes will reopen at 6 a.m. every day.

Approximately 72,000 cars drive every day past the Birmingham Airport and continue on I-20 to the U.S. 78 Exit in Leeds. The Department of Transportation says the concrete and asphalt have worn out due to traffic and heavy loads carried by large trucks.

The reconstruction is part of ALDOT's $38.5 million project will rebuild 9.8 miles of the interstate in both directions. It's expected to be completed by late 2013.

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