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.


There have been 81 days of work on the project and although there have been significant wet and cold weather events since January, the contractor continues to make progress on-site with very few days off. The contractor currently has 39 pieces of drilling and excavation equipment on site with ten additional dump trucks to relocate excess material.

Clearing operations are complete and blasting operations are approximately 80% complete. The contractor is approximately 60% complete with the storm drainage installation and is coordinating with multiple utility companies to begin relocation efforts. To date, Huntsville Utilities has completed electrical relocation and others are scheduled to begin their work next month.

The contractor will also begin installation of the new water line next month in an effort to complete all utility work and will begin to construct the new roadway subgrade shortly thereafter.

The project is expected to be fully complete by May 2020. The contractor is currently on schedule to restore two-way travel on the roadway by October 2019. Project completion is anticipated to extend an additional 8-10 months.

Updated March 28, 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.


Blasting Video



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

Updated March 28, 2019