The torrential rains that brought flood conditions to the area also wreaked havoc with the highways, creating potholes and cracks as wide as a lane.
State Department of Transportation crews began filling potholes that made Interstate-565 resemble a moonscape more than a highway.
Seth Burkett, ALDOT’s North Region public information officer, said “several tons of cold mix went into filling potholes on I-565 in Huntsville” Monday night.
“Some potholes remain, so motorists are advised to continue to use caution,” he said. “District crews will be working again (Tuesday night), and on subsequent nights as weather permits until these are addressed.”
Burkett also cited work that will be ongoing in Limestone and Morgan counties:
- Alabama 99 north of the Elk River remains closed due to flooding.
- Crews are working on I-565 today patching potholes. Reed Contracting is handling those at the Greenbrier interchange. State crews are addressing those elsewhere between Interstate 65 and County Line Road.
- We are still investigating the geotechnical issue (one southbound lane of the four-lane highway is cracked) on U.S. 231. One lane remains open southbound.
- We are investigating another issue on Alabama 24 eastbound just west of West Morgan Road. This is an area that we have been monitoring for some time, but it showed some movement during or following the rain. Closure of the outside eastbound lane is possible in the near future.