Two more Alabama portions to open on Birmingham-Memphis route - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Two more Alabama portions to open on Birmingham-Memphis route

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama transportation officials will open 26 more miles of Corridor X on Nov. 14 and aim to complete Alabama's portion of the limited-access highway between Birmingham and Memphis, Tenn., by 2010.

The Mississippi portion of the route has already been completed, but it will not be renamed Interstate 22 until it is connected to I-65 in Birmingham.

A 20-mile stretch between Industrial Parkway in Jasper and U.S. 78 in Graysville will open, and a six-mile stretch from Graysville to Cherry Avenue in Forestdale, which has been open to local traffic, will open to all traffic, said Brian Davis, Birmingham division engineer for the state Department of Transportation.

After the openings, Alabama's uncompleted portions of the highway will be a five-mile corridor leading to I-65 in Birmingham and an interchange. Work is already under way to widen I-65 in preparation for the interchange.

State Transportation Director Joe McInnes said Alabama's portion will be finished by 2010. The estimated cost for all the construction in Alabama is $1.4 billion.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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