Bankhead Tunnel getting a "new face"

Paint work on the tunnel is expected to be finished by Thursday, July 12. (Photo: ALDOT)

The outside of the Bankhead Tunnel is getting a "new face", according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.

After a series of sneak peek tweets, ALDOT released the new design Monday morning. Officials say the east, exterior of the tunnel will be painted with light, vibrant colors of blue and yellow and the west side will be re-painted with the colors it is now. They say they've been working to give the tunnel a new look for years and they're ready to get started.

Locals say they're excited to see the change.

"I think that'll be great. I think Mobile needs to do things to make the town look better and make more people want to come downtown and I think that will help," Renee Thiry said.

"It would be cool if they did like Mardi Gras colors! So, that's pretty dope," John Jernigan said.

ALDOT says the project worth nearly $12,000 will be done through tunnel maintenance funds.

ALDOT says while work is going on, traffic won't be able to move through the tunnel. The tunnel will be closed beginning Monday at 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and again Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. The work is expected to be complete by Thursday.

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