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DOT set to open 13 miles of highway linking cities

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — State transportation officials are preparing to open 13 miles of Corridor X, the future Interstate 22 linking Birmingham and Memphis.

A 13-mile section from Walker County 81 to Cherry Avenue near the Birmingham city limits opens next week.

Officials plan to have the entire highway, except for its junction with Interstate 65 in Birmingham, open to traffic by Thanksgiving.

State Transportation Director Joe McInnes said bids will be taken this summer to construct the corridor interchange to I-65, to widen I-65 to accommodate traffic from the corridor and for construction of the last part of the corridor at the interstate.

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