MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Transportation will widen a portion of Interstate 65 in north Shelby County at the request of Gov. Kay Ivey. reports ( that Ivey announced the project Thursday, after a meeting with ALDOT Director John Cooper and the county’s legislative delegation. The interstate will be widened from four lanes to six for a 3.5 mile stretch from Exit 238 in Alabaster to Exit 242 in Pelham.

The project will take around two years to complete, at an estimated cost of between $50 million to $60 million. The governor’s office says ALDOT will take bids on the project before the end of the calendar year. Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of February 2018.