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 seventh week of work is underway, and the contractor is 90% complete with clearing and grubbing operations and is 50% complete with blasting operations. Their focus continues to be on moving material and installing storm drainage on the east and west sides of the project. There are thirty-four pieces of equipment on site performing these tasks Monday thru Saturday between 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Subcontractors continue work on Sunday to have the site prepared for excavation work to begin on Monday. The site is an active construction zone with many large pieces of equipment and slippery surfaces with blasting operations occurring daily. The City of Huntsville would caution citizens that the area is closed to vehicular, pedestrian and bicycles for safety reasons. No trespassing signs have been installed.


Four drill rigs are mobilized to perform blasting operations, and seven excavators remove the excavated material and debris. The blasting has gone exceptionally well and the blasts are strategically targeted. The largest blast of the Cecil Ashburn project has occurred, view the video below.


The project is expected to be fully complete by May 2020. The contractor, Carcel & G Construction, will restore two lanes of travel (one lane in each direction) within 10-12 months. Project completion is anticipated to extend an additional 8-10 months.

Updated February 13, 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.




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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