2020 has been the wildest year on record. We're in the middle of a pandemic and almost everything has been cancelled as a result. We've also made it through murder hornet mayhem, a crazy severe weather season, and the emergence of the 17-year-cicadas--but none of this prepared me for a truly unbelievable sight.


Yes, all THREE of them, y'all. I first read the news on Captain Ray's Instagram. I thought he might have been playing some sort of elaborate prank on us, but then I had to hit up downtown Tuscaloosa Saturday night after the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and I saw traffic flowing in all THREE lanes.

I felt as if I'd seen Bigfoot holding the Loch Ness Monster while boarding a UFO. I had to pinch myself.

I went back the next day to ensure this wasn't some sort of fever dream. I snapped this picture as proof that after literal YEARS of work, all THREE lanes of Lurleen Wallace Southbound are open.

Meg Summers/TSM
Meg Summers/TSM

WOW. Captain Ray says that the Alabama Department of Transportation plans to do some overnight paving work on these lanes starting tonight, but still.. I can't get over the fact that this eternal project is somehow nearing completion.

I don't know when the northbound lanes will be open, but for now let's all bask in the glory of light at the end of the tunnel.

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