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State Rep. Smith: I-65 gridlock is impacting rural Chilton County

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Smith offered his assessment of I-65 traffic problems plaguing parts of his district and expressed his hope for attention from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).

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Shelby County Commission: I-65 widening between Alabaster and Calera will begin next year, finish in 2027

The Shelby County Commission announced on Monday night that construction on a portion of Interstate 65 from just north of Alabaster to Calera will begin next year and continue into at least 2027 to widen the roadway as it is frequently backed up.

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U.S. Rep. Palmer: Northern Beltline 'critical' for Alabama; Says I-65 should be widened but not 'top priority'

At an Alabama League of Municipalities Luncheon on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) spoke about the importance of finishing Birmingham's Northern Beltline and advocated for widening Interstate 65, though he said he didn't know if that should be a top priority.

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Ainsworth says ALDOT policy should be dictated by need, not politics — 'For too long in Alabama, we've done road projects on politics'

During this week's broadcast of Alabama Public Television's "Capitol Journal," Ainsworth argued politics still dominate transportation policy and that he would like to see a need-based approach.

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Bentley backs Ivey on West Alabama Corridor, Says Ainsworth ought to let Ivey 'handle the situation right now while she's in office'

Governor Kay Ivey has one ally in her bid to finish a four-lane route between Tuscaloosa and Mobile.

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State Sen. Gudger: Time to start planning for I-65 widening — 'If you fail to plan, you're planning to fail'

It is likely years away from the possibility of Interstate 65 adding an additional lane in both directions to alleviate traffic flow problems.

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Birmingham Mayor Woodfin dismisses I-65 widening, proposes rail transportation investment instead — 'A train to the beach is way better than driving!'

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin is proposing an interstate rail line in lieu of the much-debated widening of Interstate 65.

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How Donald Trump's I-65 widening pledge made it into his ALGOP speech

Friday, former President Donald Trump surprised attendees of the summer Alabama Republican Party dinner by mentioning widening Interstate 65 from Mobile to Huntsville during his 45-minute address.

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Trump vows to six-lane I-65 from Huntsville to Mobile — 'One of the first things that I will do'

While there were many applause lines for the 2,700 people in attendance for former President Donald Trump's address to the Alabama Republican Party at the Renaissance Hotel, his most enthusiastic came for an Alabama-centric issue.

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Ivey, Ainsworth trade barbs on I-65 widening as embattled ALDOT director John Cooper is under fire

Although Gov. Kay Ivey has not commented publicly on Montgomery County Circuit Judge Jimmy Pool's scathing rebuke of Alabama Department of Transportation director John Cooper for his and his agency's handling of a bridge construction project in South Baldwin County, she did respond to Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth's multiple overtures to widen Interstate 65, which Alabama major north-south thoroughfare.

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State Sen. Chambliss calls I-65 widening between Birmingham, Montgomery 'high priority'; Blames 'left-lane driving' for current capacity issues

The traffic plaguing a stretch of Interstate 65 between Birmingham and Montgomery has been a cause of frustration for regular travelers for decades.

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Lt. Gov. Ainsworth: I-65 widening from Tennessee line to Mobile 'should have been done decades ago'

From state line to state line, Georgia's portion of Interstate 75 is six-laned. Many of the exits along Georgia's longest Interstate highway, from the suburbs south of Chattanooga, Tenn. to Valdosta, have $1 billion in business investment, ranging from distribution centers to hotels, motels and restaurants. Alabama's version of Interstate 75, which is Interstate 65, pales in comparison.