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Recently, the Alabama Department of Transportation made announcements about the widening of I-565 in Huntsville stating that it will be widened to three lanes. In order to do this, DOT will pave over the 14-foot shoulder. This means that some of the new lanes may only be 12-feet wide. DOT insists that it will still be safe, but without a sufficient shoulder for people who are having car trouble or who need to pull over, it could lead to more accidents.
There are also many bridges on this section of highway. DOT said that some of the lanes on these bridges may be as narrow as 11-feet with a small shoulder area. Although the bridges are roughly 200 to 250 feet long, DOT said that driving at 75 mph people won’t be on the bridges that long. This seems like a potentially dangerous solution considering that a lot can go wrong in a few seconds when traveling at that high rate of speed.