After several years of construction, a tentative opening date has been set for the interchange between the new Interstate 22, also known as Corridor X, and Interstate 65.
Although no official announcement has been made regarding a date and time for the opening, sources with ALDOT say a ribbon-cutting and “grand opening” of the interstate has been tentatively set for June 20.
The interchange between I-22 and I-65 is located north of downtown Birmingham near Fultondale.
Work started on the $168 million project several years ago, but was not completed by its initial deadline in 2014.
Since that time, Georgia-based contractor Archer Western has been fined $2,000 per day.
I-22 will connect Birmingham and Memphis. The project is expected to boost commercial and residential development in the northwest portions of metro Birmingham once the interchange with I-65 is completed. The bulk of the new interstate, which has been in the works for decades, is complete.
Experts say the long-awaited roadway will help elevate Birmingham’s status as a distribution hub, particularly with an easier connection to Memphis – one of the nation’s top logistics and distribution sites.