Alabama Department of Transportation

Sweet Home Alabama
3:44 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

New Signs To Say 'Welcome To Sweet Home Alabama'

The new "Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama" signs will replace the "Alabama The Beautiful" signs that have stood at the state line since 2003.
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Tourists traveling into Alabama on interstate highways will soon be greeted by signs saying "Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama."

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.

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Truck Collision-Insterstate Closed
4:41 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

I-65 Northbound Closure Could Last Until Sunday

The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 near Mobile could remain closed until Sunday following a fiery truck crash.
Credit Alabama Department of Transportation

The northbound lanes of Interstate 65 near Mobile could remain closed until Sunday following a fiery truck crash.

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.

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Politics & Government
8:22 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Work to Close I-85 North Near Montgomery

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Motorists traveling Interstate 85 North near Montgomery may experience delays through Sept. 24.

   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.

   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.

Interstate 20 Reopening
4:24 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Ala. Highway Agency Reopening I-20 At Birmingham

The state says it will reopen westbound Interstate 20 in eastern Jefferson County on Thursday, weather permitting.
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The Alabama Department of Transportation says it's ending what has been a traffic nightmare for many travelers near Birmingham.

The state says it will reopen westbound Interstate 20 in eastern Jefferson County on Thursday, weather permitting.

About 74,000 vehicles travel through the area each day. The state closed first the eastbound and then the westbound lanes for resurfacing work.

The detours have led to traffic jams and delays, but the state says all the work is supposed to be done by early winter.

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Governor-State Planes
4:43 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Governor Bentley's Flights Cost $621,712 In 21 Months

Gov. Robert Bentley's office spent over $600,000 on travel in state-owned airplanes in his first 21 months in office.
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Gov. Robert Bentley's office spent $621,712 on travel in state-owned airplanes in his first 21 months in office.


The Decatur Daily and TimesDaily obtained the figures by filing an open records request with the Bentley administration.


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.

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Politics & Government
8:15 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Extra Troopers, Less Road in Ala. During Weekend

Press-Register/Mike Kittrell

Motorists traveling through Alabama during the long Memorial Day weekend will see extra state troopers on the road.

   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.

Alabama Traffic Deaths
5:55 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Seatbelts Not Worn In 59 Percent Of Car Fatalities

Alabama Highway Patrol traffic statistics show that seatbelts weren't worn in 59 percent of traffic fatalities in 2012
Credit Press-Register/Mike Kittrell

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.


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.

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School Closings
5:09 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Friday's Freezing Rain Forces School Delays In North Alabama

Freezing rain conditions in north Alabama could cause trouble for motorists Friday morning.
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Alabama transportation officials say winter storm forecasts for northern portions of Alabama likely will result in icy roads causing hazardous driving conditions.


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.


Much of northern Alabama is under a freezing rain advisory until mid to late morning tomorrow.

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