Reed Submits Apparent Low Bid of $14.3M for I-565 Widening Project

Huntsville’s Reed Contracting is the apparent low bidder to widen and resurface Interstate 565 in Limestone County.

The Alabama Department of Transportation opened bids for the project, one of the first major projects funded by the Rebuild Alabama Act.

Reed Contracting’s bid was $14,312,713.82. Bids must undergo review before the contract will be awarded through an expedited award process and the winning contractor given notice to proceed. Work is anticipated to begin in June or July.

The winning contractor will be incentivized to complete the project prior to Dec. 17, 2021, receiving $25,000 per day the project is complete ahead of that deadline, up to a maximum of 50 days and $1.25 million.

The project will resurface more than seven miles of I-565 from just west of Exit 1 (Interstate 65) to just west of Exit 7 (County Line Road). Paving on existing shoulders will expand the highway to three travel lanes in each direction.

State DOT Filling Potholes, Investigating Cracks

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:

Limestone County

  • 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.

Morgan County

  • 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.