AL 117 reopens after emergency repair

HUNTSVILLE —The Alabama Department of Transportation advises motorists that Alabama117 between Mentone and Valley Head is now open, following the first phase of a $1.4 million emergency repair project to correct a landslide.

A 300-foot-long section of the highway on the side of Lookout Mountain was reconstructed as part of the project, which included stabilization of the slope with a rock buttress. Wright Brothers Construction is the contractor.

Motorists are advised to expect rough pavement and temporary striping, as final paving and striping are not complete. A second phase of the repair will be ongoing until about mid-July. Please expect intermittent single-lane closures and delays.

The section of highway was closed to traffic in early April following heavy rainfall that led to destabilization of the slope below the roadway.