Alabama Department of Transportation http://apr.org en New Signs To Say 'Welcome To Sweet Home Alabama' http://apr.org/post/new-signs-say-welcome-sweet-home-alabama <p></p><p>Tourists traveling into Alabama on interstate highways will soon be greeted by signs saying "Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama."</p><p>State tourism and transportation officials say the "Alabama The Beautiful" signs that have stood at the state line since 2003 will be replaced by the new "Sweet Home Alabama" signs over the next few months. Smaller versions of the signs will be on the grounds of the eight state welcome centers to serve as backdrops for travelers' photos.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:44:21 +0000 The Associated Press 56040 at http://apr.org New Signs To Say 'Welcome To Sweet Home Alabama' I-65 Northbound Closure Could Last Until Sunday http://apr.org/post/i-65-northbound-closure-could-last-until-sunday <p></p><p>The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 near Mobile could remain closed until Sunday following a fiery truck crash.</p><p>A spokesman for the Alabama Department of Transportation says engineers are conducting inspections and will make some temporary repairs to the bridge. Officials hope to open at least one northbound lane by mid-afternoon Sunday at the latest.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:41:02 +0000 The Associated Press 52577 at http://apr.org I-65 Northbound Closure Could Last Until Sunday Work to Close I-85 North Near Montgomery http://apr.org/post/work-close-i-85-north-near-montgomery <p>Motorists traveling Interstate 85 North near Montgomery may experience delays through Sept. 24.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Alabama Department of Transportation says intermittent lane closures and stoppages will occur on I-85 North at mile marker 14.5 between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, as well as Sunday through Tuesday, Sept. 22-24.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The lane closures and stoppages will be while crews set steel ramp girders for the new Montgomery Outer Loop. The department says the stoppages will be for 15 to 20 minutes. State troopers will assist with traffic control.<br> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:22:33 +0000 The Associated Press 38024 at http://apr.org Work to Close I-85 North Near Montgomery Ala. Highway Agency Reopening I-20 At Birmingham http://apr.org/post/ala-highway-agency-reopening-i-20-birmingham <p></p><p>The Alabama Department of Transportation says it's ending what has been a traffic nightmare for many travelers near Birmingham.</p><p>The state says it will reopen westbound Interstate 20 in eastern Jefferson County on Thursday, weather permitting.</p><p>About 74,000 vehicles travel through the area each day. The state closed first the eastbound and then the westbound lanes for resurfacing work.</p><p>The detours have led to traffic jams and delays, but the state says all the work is supposed to be done by early winter.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:24:17 +0000 The Associated Press 37263 at http://apr.org Ala. Highway Agency Reopening I-20 At Birmingham Governor Bentley's Flights Cost $621,712 In 21 Months http://apr.org/post/governor-bentleys-flights-cost-621712-21-months <P>Gov. Robert Bentley's office spent $621,712 on travel in state-owned airplanes in his first 21 months in office.</P> <P>The Decatur Daily and TimesDaily obtained the figures by filing an open records request with the Bentley administration.</P> <P>Most of the travel was on a six-passenger jet owned by the state Department of Transportation. That agency billed the governor's office $598,610. The remaining $23,102 was for using aircraft operated by two other state agencies.</P> <P>Bentley's spokesman, Jeremy King, said the governor has to fly to be everywhere he needs to be. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:43:29 +0000 The Associated Press 33960 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley's Flights Cost $621,712 In 21 Months Extra Troopers, Less Road in Ala. During Weekend http://apr.org/post/extra-troopers-less-road-ala-during-weekend <p>Motorists traveling through Alabama during the long Memorial Day weekend will see extra state troopers on the road.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Alabama officials announced the extra troopers are the result of the state participating in the nationwide Click It Or Ticket campaign to increase the use of safety belts. Many of the state's city and county law enforcement agencies are also participating.<br> Fri, 24 May 2013 13:15:38 +0000 The Associated Press 31033 at http://apr.org Extra Troopers, Less Road in Ala. During Weekend Seatbelts Not Worn In 59 Percent Of Car Fatalities http://apr.org/post/seatbelts-not-worn-59-percent-car-fatalities <P>Alabama Department of Transportation officials say more than half of the people killed in car crashes last year were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.</P> <P>State officials Monday released a report based on preliminary data from the Alabama State Troopers indicating that 59 percent of people who died in traffic accidents in 2012 were not wearing seatbelts.</P> <P>Officials say 424 traffic fatality victims were in vehicles where seatbelts were available and 251 were not wearing them at the time of the crash. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 22:55:38 +0000 The Associated Press 27749 at http://apr.org Seatbelts Not Worn In 59 Percent Of Car Fatalities Friday's Freezing Rain Forces School Delays In North Alabama http://apr.org/post/fridays-freezing-rain-forces-school-delays-north-alabama <P><SPAN lang=EN>Alabama transportation officials say winter storm forecasts for northern portions of Alabama likely will result in icy roads causing hazardous driving conditions.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN lang=EN>The Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Alabama Department of Transportation strongly encourage all motorists to drive with extreme caution and to avoid roadways when weather conditions are prohibitive. </SPAN></P> <P><SPAN lang=EN>Much of northern Alabama is under a freezing rain advisory until mid to late morning tomorrow. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:09:12 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 23728 at http://apr.org Friday's Freezing Rain Forces School Delays In North Alabama