A $7.9 million repaving project for Highway 20 in Decatur just got approved to go into the bidding process.
The Alabama Department of Transportation project will repave 3.25 miles of AL 20 from State Docks Rd. all the way to Sycamore Street NW.
The project is going to be split up into two phases.
ALDOT said the reason why this needs to get done is because of the big trucks that put more wear and tear on the highway every single day.
ALDOT told WAAY 31 that phase one of the project will be to pave between State Docks Rd. And 12th street.
The money was approved by the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Decatur.
Part of that will include improvements to the 3 railroad crossings along that stretch.
Phase one repaving is expected to begin some time during the spring to summer of 2018 after a company bids to do the work.
Phase two will be to tackle the stretch between 12th Street and Sycamore Street NW.
AlLDOT said they are still deciding whether they will use concrete or asphalt for that part of the project.
Phase two will begin after phase one is complete.
$6.3 million of the project will be paid through federal funding.
The remaining $1.6 million will be paid by the state.
ALDOT said they don't have a specific time frame for how long each phase of the project will take to complete, but they said repaving projects typically are the projects that they complete in the shortest amount of time.