New North Bypass ramp at Riverchase 'on schedule'

Work on the access ramps between the North Bypass and Riverchase Drive in Phenix City is continuing on schedule, said Phenix City City Manager Bubba Roberts.

Roberts said the contractors for the project, Tomlin Construction LLC of Gordo, Ala., are working on installing culverts for the ramps. The project will cover 1.55 miles of road at a cost of $9.62 million.

The work will eventually involve the closing of Riverchase Drive, the former Fifth Avenue Extension, near the construction area.

"The timeframe for constructing the culverts is 5-to-7 weeks. Somewhere about that time is when they will close it," said Roberts. "We should get a better scenario of when it will be closed within a week. Then we can get it published and all."

The project involves the construction of additional lanes and ramps at the intersection, including the widening of the bypass bridge over Riverchase. The contractors are already working on the foundation for the widened bridge.

The ramps will connect Riverchase with the North Bypass (U.S. 80), giving residents in southeast Lee County and northern Phenix City another route to access downtown Phenix City and Columbus.