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Highway 31 project delays, new deadline set for August 11

WPMI--Highway 32 project delays, new deadline set for August 11
WPMI--Highway 32 project delays, new deadline set for August 11

Updating the now "infamous" U.S. Highway 31 enlargement project in Baldwin County. Infamous for locals who have watched deadlines pushed back repeatedly since 2018.

The latest goal was to have all four lanes open on August 11th, that's the first day of school but not everybody believes that will happen.

"We've had April dates, we've had June dates and then we are shooting for August 11th and realistically that's not going to happen with the repaving projects and the weather that they've got to complete so it will be the end of August hopefully," said Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan.

ALDOT says it never makes promises on projects but it hopes to keep its latest target date.

Aside from weather, Covid and hurricanes over the years the biggest hurdle was finding and uprooting old utilities along the three miles stretch.

"For 50 years people were putting thing in the right of way and they just did it without permission and because of that it slowed us down for an extra year," said McMillan.

ALDOT has a little over 10 days to shore up the medians and lay asphalt. Engineers say they are confident they can do it working day and night.

"Seems like forever yes, it’s been a long time, said Baldwin County resident Terri Alvarez. "Last time we heard it was six months ago, then we heard August 11 and we're just hoping for the best," said Alvarez.