Allen Teague, a preconstruction engineer with the Alabama Department of Transportation, said the base and pave portion of the project is scheduled for fiscal year 2012 and will most likely be bid sometime after the first of the calendar year.
The remaining phases of the widening project are currently scheduled for fiscal year 2016, he
The next project stretches from Alabama 64 to Lauderdale 140.
The last project runs from Lauderdale 140 to the Alabama-Tennessee state line.
said in both those projects, the grade and drain and base and pave portions will be done at the same time.
Grade and drain involves building new roadbed and installing drainage pipes and ditches, while base and pave involves paving the new roadway, landscaping and traffic striping.
said U.S. 43 will become an undivided five-lane road from Alabama 64 to the state line.
said U.S. 43 will transition from a divided four-lane to an undivided five-lane highway just north of the Alabama 64 intersection and connect with the undivided five-lane section that runs from the Tennessee state line to Lawrenceburg.
Right of way acquisition for the next two phases is scheduled for fiscal year 2012, Teague
The state already owns much of the right of way along U.S. 43 south of the state line.
said right of way was purchased when the road was originally built, but additional right of way is needed because of changes in design standards.
Lanes are wider than they once were, Teague
said, as are shoulders.