Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) officials say a new public space is possible underneath the rebuilt Interstate 20/59 elevated highway through downtown Birmingham.
The 20/59 bridge replacement project is well underway, and that means drivers will be navigating downtown Birmingham as a detour, wait for it … for three years!
Prepare for some major traffic delays in Hoover today. Expect downtown delays this weekend.
For downtown drivers, replacement of the I-20/59 bridges means major traffic headaches are not coming to an end anytime soon. If you use the I-20/59 exit 125A onto 17th Street downtown, you’ll need a new route starting May 31.
Last night’s fire, collapse and closure of Atlanta’s Interstate 85 (I-85) reminded Birmingham residents of its own lengthy interstate closures that occurred at Birmingham’s infamous”Malfunction Junction” at I-65 and I-20/59 in the early 2000s.
This week, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Ott dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block the federal and state project to replace and widen the elevated portion of Interstate 20/59 through downtown Birmingham.
Repair it! Lower it! Move it!
(photo courtesy of wbrc)