PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - If you use Nuckols Road in Phenix City as a shortcut, your commute time could be slowed down starting Monday.
The Russell County Highway Department has scheduled road construction on Nuckols Road -- also known as County Road 39 -- starting January 24th, but drivers need to know, this road closing could last through February 4th.
Soon drivers won't be able to travel down Nuckols Road, because two cross-drains are being installed. This construction is taking place right next to Johnny Miller's home. He said, "The only thing I understand about it so far is the road will be closed 2 1/2 to 3 weeks depending on the weather. Hopefully it won't be that long, but that's what I understand so far."
The temporary road closing will start where Nuckols Road meets Highway 165, and extends to Wood Loop, but the re-surfacing project will continue on to Bradley Road, less than a mile from there on Nuckols Road.
The closed portion will only be opened for emergency vehicles, but residents who use the road daily aren't thrilled with the new detours.
News Leader Nine asked Miller, "What is this going to mean for you?" He replied, "Extra gas, more time and even my wife will have to detour way around because she works quite a ways from here."
Not only is the Highway Department putting in new cross drains, but the project calls for widening and re-paving of Nuckols Road from Highway 165 to Bradley Road… A project Miller says is worth the headache, "It's safer for us not to have pot holes and the median. You'll have a little more road in case someone is too close to the line."
The Highway Department encourages drivers to avoid using Nuckols Road at all for the next couple of weeks, but if they have to they say use Bradley Road to gain access to Highway 165.