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No pain, no gain in fixing Beltline

Bodybuilders share a belief that if there is no pain there will be no gain. Their bulging muscles are the result of heavy lifting and repetition.

Motorists who travel Decatur’s Beltline Road should remember no pain, no gain as they deal with major construction to widen 2.3 miles between Cedar Street Southwest and Alabama 24.

“This is one of the more challenging projects because of the amount of traffic and the developments along this corridor,” Alabama Department of Transportation Director Johnny Harris warned.

About 31,000 vehicles a day pass through this portion of the Beltline that is the first of the three phases to get a third lane on each sides.

The construction will require motorists’ patience for a long time. The first 2.3-mile phase will require 18 months to complete. Beltline Road is 5.9 miles. If construction of phases two and three are at the same pace, completing the project will take about three years.

Some people will think they know a better way to route traffic than how the state does it, but there’s no getting around the no pain-no gain theory.

We’re going to hurt for a long time, but at the end the Beltline should be an easier road to travel.

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