Published 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.

Two-way traffic on Cecil Ashburn Drive reopened to the public on Friday, October 18, 2019 marking the completion of Phase I. Contractors Carcel & G Construction completed the first phase of the project within 10 months, which is over two months ahead of schedule. Read the news post to learn more.


Phase II work will consist of completing the remainder of the project and will resume while motorist use the two new eastbound lanes for temporary two-way traffic.

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. Milling and resurfacing the existing lanes between Cart T. Jones and Donegal Drive and finished concrete work at Donegal Drive is completed.

The contractor lacks paving, sidewalk and driveway aprons on the south side of Sutton Road between Old Big Cove and Taylor Road. Two lanes are completed along Sutton Road for the reopening while work continues along the side of Sutton Road after the reopening to complete the final 5-lanes in this area.

Traffic Engineering has completed work on new signals at Old Big Cove and Donegal Drive. Both are fully operational. Traffic remains 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.

The contractor continues to install guardrail form and pour concrete ditches, sidewalks, handicap ramps and driveway aprons. The contractor is preparing to resume paving on Sutton Road between Old Big Cove and Taylor Road and continues to stabilize and dress slopes in all of the cut sections throughout 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 contractor will 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. The project is expected to be fully complete by May 2020.

Updated March 12, 2020


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.

The following major corridors connect Big Cove/Hampton Cove to destinations to the west and can be used as alternative routes:

  • US 431/Governor’s Drive via Governor’s Drive
  • US Highway 72 via Eastern Bypass/Rock Cut Road
  • South Memorial Parkway/US 231 via Hobbs Island Road


Traffic laws will be strictly enforced by Huntsville Police. Expect delays and allocate additional time during peak morning and evening travel hours. Please drive safely and courteously.

Move your wreck

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident that has no injuries, remember to move all involved vehicles to the shoulder of the road so traffic may flow smoothly.

Help reduce traffic congestion, reduce wear and tear on your car and save on gas money by making use of City of Huntsville-vetted car and vanpooling options. Details are available at

Some federal employees may be eligible for reimbursement for using ride-share programs. Check with your employer to see if you’re eligible.

Important traffic or roadwork updates involving alternative routes will be available in real time via website, text and social media. If there are important traffic or roadwork updates involving alternative routes in the area, you can stay updated in real time via website, text and social media.

The primary information hub for all information involving the Cecil Ashburn Drive Road Improvement Project. View project updates, budget, history, design considerations and more.

View a comprehensive list of road alerts that are impacting traffic flow as well as project updates on major road construction.


Text Alerts

  • City Alerts – you can receive these notifications via text, email and/or voice call based on your preferences for updates on major traffic accidents impacting traffic flow, roadwork and more.
  • Redstone Explorer – Redstone Arsenal’s notification app for installation closes, traffic accidents and other events of importance to the Arsenal and its team members.
  • Waze – a GPS navigation app that provides turn-by-turn navigation information and user-submitted travel times and route details.
  • Google Maps – web mapping service developed by Google offering satellite imagery, street maps and real-time traffic conditions.



Twitter users may follow the hashtag #HsvRoads for updates on roadwork impacting traffic flow in the City of Huntsville.


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


Phone: (256) 427-5100

Recent News

Cecil Ashburn Drive re-opens ahead of schedule at 10 a.m., Friday, October 18

October 18, 2019Cecil Ashburn Drive re-opens ahead of schedule at 10 a.m., Friday, October 18

Two-way traffic on Cecil Ashburn Drive will reopen to the public beginning at 10 a.m. today, October 18, marking the completion of Phase I of the $17.9 million road improvement project. The overall project includes four-lanes of divided highway and is slated to be complete within six to eight months in time for a Spring 2020 opening. Hanceville, Alabama-based Contractors Carcel & G Construction LLC completed the first phase of the ...

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Cecil Ashburn Drive Road Improvement Project set to begin Jan. 7

December 6, 2018Cecil Ashburn Drive Road Improvement Project set to begin Jan. 7

Road will close for 10 months to expedite construction and minimize disruption for motorists The City of Huntsville is set to begin critical roadwork in early January to improve safety and increase capacity on Cecil Ashburn Drive, one of the City’s most heavily trafficked corridors. Listed as a priority improvement project in Huntsville’s “Restore Our Roads” agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation, contractors will widen Cecil Ashburn Drive from two to four ...

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Public Meeting Sept. 13 on Cecil Ashburn Drive Improvements

August 31, 2016Image of Cecil Ashburn Drive

The City of Huntsville and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) are inviting citizens to learn more about planned roadway improvements to Cecil Ashburn Drive at a Public Involvement Meeting on Tuesday, September 13, at 6 p.m. in the Hampton Cove Elementary School Cafeteria, Old Highway 431 Hampton Cove, AL 35763. This “Restore Our Roads” project will widen, from two to four lanes, approximately 3.2 miles of Cecil Ashburn Drive from ...

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Cecil Ashburn Drive Improvements

Aerial view of the route of the four-lane widening project for Cecil Ashburn Drive

Updated March 12, 2020

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