Lieutenant Gov. Will Ainsworth vowed to "keep up the pressure" on the executive branch until the recently announced widening of Interstate 65 is extended from "the Tennessee line to the Gulf of Mexico."

On Thursday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced several Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) projects, including one to six-lane I-65 from Alabaster to Calera, covering portions of Jefferson and Shelby Counties.

Former President Donald Trump referenced widening I-65 in his recent speech at the Alabama GOP dinner, and other lawmakers have called for it as well.

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Ainsworth has repeatedly called for widening I-65, decrying current proposed projects and calling for a change in leadership at ALDOT.

On Thursday, Ainsworth praised the announced widening as a start but vowed to continue pushing for an expanded widening throughout the state's span of I-65.

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