Latest ALDOT I-59/20 update, including Red Mountain Expressway ramp overnight closures

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Rubble from the I-59/20 Bridge closure. Photo courtesy of Larry O. Gay

Yesterday, ALDOT sent out a flurry of tweets and texts about the latest street/road closures  occurring over the next two weeks, including a major closure of the Red Mountain Expressway North ramp onto 59/20 Northbound in the late evenings till early morning.

Here is the latest from ALDOT:

The following closures will take place during the removal of the existing structures:

  • 15th Street N between Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. and 12th Ave. will close Monday, February 11th through Saturday, February 23rd for CBD bridge demo.
  • 24th Street N between Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. and Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. will close Tuesday, February 12th through Friday, February 15th for CBD bridge demo.
  • I-59/20 SB exit to Carraway Blvd. & RME will close each night, Monday, February 11th through Friday, February 15th, 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. for girder erection.
  • Red Mountain Expressway NB ramp onto 59/20 NB will close Wednesday, February 13th, Thursday, February 14th, and possibly Friday, February 15th, 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. for girder erection.

All these closures may change depending on weather, which has been mixed at best – Birmingham had about an inch of rain this early morning.

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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.
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