Widening I-565 is ‘imperative,’ but Alabama can’t afford it

Tell someone in north Alabama your daily commute involves Interstate 565 west of Huntsville, and you’ll get a wince of sympathy. The highway is slow going, to say the least, from Madison west to Interstate 65 each weekday morning and evening. Traffic can back up onto I-65 itself.

Locals know I-565 needs widening, towns in the region know it, and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) knows it. On Oct. 31, the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce voted to make widening I-565 a legislative priority even though the road doesn’t reach downtown Decatur. Yet. As for the highway department, regional ALDOT engineer Curtis Vincent said Monday, “We definitely see it as a need.”