Birmingham’s Green Springs Avenue Bridge off exit 258 is closed till March 2019

Map of Green Springs Avenue Road closure. Screenshot from the City of Birmingham press release

According to a City of Birmingham, the Green Springs Avenue Bridge will be closed to undergo needed repairs until March 2019.  The bridge is to the right of exit 258 if you are traveling south on I-65.

This is not the interstate overpass.

Reason for the bridge closure

City Engineer Fred Hawkins provides an up close view on why the bridge needs to be closed and repaired to keep motorists and residents safe.

The project will correct the way the bridge meets the road. The bridge sits over a set of railroad tracks and because of the bridge’s location and width, engineers have determined that it is best to close the bridge to correct the road issue.

There is a change in elevation when the bridge meets the road, which needs to be corrected. The current bridge/road situation has caused drainage issues and a bumpy ride for motorists when crossing the bridge. The improvement project will allow for better movement and more adequate drainage. This portion of Green Springs Avenue must be fully closed for improvements because the street is too narrow in the area to safely make improvements. No side roads will be closed during the project.

The work is being overseen by the city’s Department of Planning, Engineering and Permits (PEP) and construction handled by a contractor. Text BHMTRAFFIC to 888-777 to receive regular updates on the road work.

The city has provided motorists with the following  recommended detours:

Birmingham, Alabama, closures and detours for I-59/20 and I-65 Interchange construction
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From SW side of road closure to I-65 & Downtown:

Green Springs Avenue SW
Straight to stay on Denison Avenue SW
Right on Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Right on 6th Avenue SW and continue straight to downtown
Right on 11th Street S
Right on to I65 NB ramp, or right on University and left on to I65 SB Ramp

From SW side of road closure to I-65 & Homewood:

Green Springs Avenue SW
Straight to stay on Denison Avenue SW
Left on Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Straight to stay on Montevallo Rd SW
Left on West Valley Avenue
Left on to Green Springs Hwy to I65 NB ramp or downtown, or right on to Green Springs Hwy to Oxmoor Rd I65 SB ramp

From NW side of road closure to I-65 & Downtown:

Green Springs Ave SW
Left on Green Springs Hwy
Straight on University Blvd
Right on to I65 SB ramp, Left on to I65 NB ramp, or continue straight to downtown

From NW side of road closure to I-65 SB & Homewood:

Green Springs Ave SW
Right on Green Springs Hwy
Right on Oxmoor Rd to I65 SB ramp

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.