Motorists found traveling on Highway 35, on Sand Mountain, a little smoother this week as resurfacing work continues.

Prior to Monday, travel on the highway found itself in a standstill as motorists were stuck in delay for at least 30 minutes at a time.

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) made some changes over the weekend, giving motorists an optional detour to Highway 71 and Highway 40.

“Based on previous experience resurfacing on Highway 35 on the mountain, ALDOT had concerns about worker and motorist safety going into this project,” said ALDOT spokesperson Seth Burkett. “While the existing traffic control provides safety, the impact on traffic flow has proven excessive.”

Burkett said on Tuesday traffic appears to be going more smoothly.

“We’re receiving comments from the public reflecting that,” said Burkett. “We appreciate the feedback we’ve received and welcome further comments or inquiries.”

Burkett said the resurfacing work on the $2.6 million project will likely last until early to mid-summer.

“While motorists will continue to experience some delays, it seems the adjustments made over the weekend have improved traffic flow and reduced backups, particularly in light of our anticipation that more motorists would be hitting the roads this week as more businesses reopen and more people return to work,” added Burkett.

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