Outer Loop


Repost from the Montgomery Advertiser:  Rebecca Burylo, Montgomery Advertiser

Years of patient waiting will come to an end Tuesday as the first phase of the Montgomery Outer Loop highway opens to traffic.

The section of the loop will connect Vaughn Road to I-85 heading toward Pike Road at the new connector known as Route 108.

Traffic will begin to flow over the giant overpasses east of Montgomery after Gov. Robert Bentley, federal, state and local officials hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning.

The opening will mark the completion of the first phase, a four-mile section, costing about $150 million. It was scheduled to be completed in December.

When completed, the entire $500 million, 20-mile-long Outer Loop will connect I-85 to I-65.

Lack of funding as hindered progress and the completion of the three separate phases of the project has been slow.

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