The I-59/20 rainbow lights through downtown are here to stay! (Photos+video)

Rainbow bridges on I-59/20 near UpTown. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Last April, in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown, Birmingham was treated to a rainbow of lights that appeared on the newly opened I-59/20 bridges downtown. 

After a while, they disappeared. Now they are back permanently. 

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Commuters rejoice! The widening of I-65 between Alabaster and I-459 has begun

I-65 on July 10, 2020. Barrels line interstate in preparation for work to add lanes between I-459 and Alabaster. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

If you commute to downtown Birmingham from Pelham, Helena, Alabaster, Calera and all points south on I-65,  your prayers have been answered.

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Something stunning happened in Birmingham (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

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The new lights under the 59/20 bridge downtown. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Late last night, like many of y’all, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed reading way too much news when up popped a gorgeous video of the new lights under the I-59/20 bridges running through downtown. Imagine my delight when I realized it was done by my incredibly talented Bham Now coworkers Matthew Niblett and Nathan Watson. Find out more of the backstory on the project and the next steps here. Plus, watch the video below.

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ALDOT says I-59/20 construction is ahead of schedule and we’ve got the photos to prove it (photo gallery)

Aerial photo of downtown Birmingham on March 31, 2019. I-59/20 Bridge project in downtown Birmingham is ahead of schedule according to ALDOT. The project is due to be completed by March 22, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Earlier this week, several Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) officials reported that the I-59/20 bridges could finish sooner than expected.

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ALDOT has released detour routes in preparation for the 59/20 bridge closure this month

Photo of the 59/20 Bridge that will be taken down in January. Via ALDOT

Last week, on social media and their website, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) released alternative routes and detours motorists can take once the final phase of 59/20 Bridge  replacement project begins in the Central Business District this January.

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City of Birmingham extending service hours during I-59/20 bridge closure and construction

Birmingham Interstate 59/20 Bridge construction in December 2018. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Now this is a wise move.

Beginning, Monday January 14, the City of Birmingham will be expanding service hours to the public for select departments.

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Be prepared. Red Mountain Expressway North to I-59-20 North to close on Halloween

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Photo by Katie Baggett

Got trick or treat plans this Halloween evening? If you normally use Red Mountain Expressway North to I-59/20 Northbound to travel home in the afternoon, be prepared to take an alternative route today and until further notice.  The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is closing the heavily travelled road at 4:00pm today, October 31 for bridge construction purposes.

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Expect traffic delays this week, Birmingham drivers, as ALDOT continues work on Interstates 59/20 and I-65

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Rendering of Malfunction Junction in Birmingham after ALDOT completes its bridge project. Graphic by ALDOT

Next week lanes and ramps are closing on both I-59/20 and I-65. Here are the details, Birmingham drivers.

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PALS volunteers pick up 123,440 pounds of litter this year in Jefferson County, Wenonah High School Wins Litter Quitter Campaign


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Over 61 tons of trash has been picked up in JeffCo so far this year. Photo courtesy of PALS.

There’s a lot of taxpayer money being spent on cleaning up after litterbugs in the Birmingham and Jefferson County areas so ALDOT (Alabama Department of Transportation) has launched the Trash Costs Cash campaign that is aimed at preventing people from dumping litter on neighborhood streets and major roadways.

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Sneak peek film screening this Thursday Aug. 2 on how to protect the Cahaba River. Find out why it needs your help now more than ever.

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The historic bridge over the pristine Little Cahaba River has been closed for 25 years. The proposed new road and bridge would introduce traffic and pollution. Photo submitted

This Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m., the Cahaba River Society hosts a free documentary showing (it’s short!) and Q&A at Avondale Brewery in Birmingham. This sneak peek screening is intended to raise public awareness about the potential impact of a proposed Cahaba Beach Road and bridge project. Get educated, then let ALDOT hear your voice at the public meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Keep reading to learn more, or visit savethecahaba.org.

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Ensley Greenway completes phase one of Village Creek Trail

The trail bridge crossing Village Creek. Photo Courtesy of Cody Short for Bham Now.

There are usually hidden treasures in different neighborhoods, and in Ensley it’s Village Creek Trail (Ensley Greenway). The completed Ensley Greenway is the start of a larger trail system that’s 2.5 miles long between Avenue F to Avenue W. The greenway is almost complete, but is open for visitors.

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