Cecil Ashburn Drive

Posted on April 24, 2017


This 3.4-mile project will widen Cecil Ashburn Drive, from two to four lanes between Old Big Cove Road and Four Mile Post Road, to improve traffic flow and incorporate safety improvements. The project includes eight-foot shoulders along each side of the roadway.


The contractor is currently completing all guardrails along the south side as well as working on the eastern and westernmost ends to the project to provide an adequate transition for motorists to utilize two lanes, one lane in each direction, for the upcoming reopening.  They are milling and resurfacing the existing lanes between Cart T. Jones and Donegal Drive as well as finishing concrete work at Donegal Drive. The Contractor lacks paving, sidewalk and driveway aprons on the north side of Sutton Road between Old Big Cove and Taylor Road. They are also working on completing two lanes along Sutton Road for the reopening while they continue to work along the side of Sutton Road after the reopening to complete the final 5-lanes in this area.

Traffic Engineering is finalizing work on new signals at Old Big Cove and Donegal Drive. Both will be fully operational when two lanes on the roadway are reopened. After the reopening in October, motorists will travel on Sutton Road in two lanes towards a signalized intersection at Old Big Cove Road which will accommodate left lane movements from each direction. Motorists will continue on Cecil Ashburn in two lanes, one lane in each direction, along the south side over the mountain. The contractor will install proper traffic control devices to include reflecting striping and markers to assure motorists are aware that they are traveling within an active construction zone. Traffic will be shifted on the westernmost end to utilize all 5- lanes just east of Donegal Drive, therefore motorists will be able to fully utilize the intersection and signals at Donegal Drive after the reopening in October.

With daylight hours becoming shorter, the Contractor continues to work until dark to complete the transition areas on each end as well as installation of proper traffic control devices to reopen the road by October 31st. This will meet the deadline for early completion of Phase I, to reopen the road to traffic, prior to November 2nd to receive the maximum allowable incentive on the project.

More work will continue to occur along Sutton Road and along the north side of Cecil Ashburn to fully complete the project. Motorists should be aware that the area remains an active construction zone in which the speed limit will be 35 mph through the area as construction continues to occur. The Land Trust parking area will remain closed and will be used to store equipment and materials needed to complete the project.

The remaining work to meet the full project scope will continue after October to include completing concrete ditches along the north side and as well as completion of the remaining lanes on Sutton Road. The contractor will also install the final open-graded friction course layer and permanent striping and signage as the westbound lanes are completed. The remaining scope will be temperature and weather dependent as work continues after two lanes are reopen.

The project is expected to be fully complete by May 2020.

Updated October 4, 2019


Total cost: $18 million

Source of Funding: Local & State – Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)

Contractor: Carcel & G

This is a Restore Our Roads project.


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Learn about alternate routes, safety, ride-sharing, and how to stay updated on the status of the project.


Download and/or print the Cecil Ashburn Info page or the Cecil Ashburn Drive Presentation.


E-mail: CecilQuestions@HuntsvilleAL.gov
Phone: (256) 427-5100

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Updated September 4, 2019