I-59/20 Traffic Update
Interstate 59/20 through downtown Birmingham will close for an estimated 14 months beginning in mid- to late-January of 2019, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation, as contractors work to rebuild the aging interstate bridges running through the heart of the city. More information on schedule and alternative routes can be found here.
BCT is working to keep all of our schools and audiences up to date on the most recent developments. Below is the most recent information from ALDOT. We will continue to update you here on how to best get to Birmingham Children’s Theatre in the BJCC. Thank you for your patience at this time as we work to make your experience at BCT as stress-free as possible!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 14, 2019
I-59/20 Bridge Project Daily Update, in Birmingham
(CBD) Central Business District Project
BIRMINGHAM– As construction continues in downtown Birmingham for Interstate Improvements, the Alabama Department of Transportation says drivers should expect delays.
The following closures will take place weather permitting, during the removal of the existing structures:
· 9Th Ave north between Richard Arrington Jr Blvd and 19th Street - Currently this road is closed to through traffic. It is anticipated that this will re-open to through traffic mid to late fall 2019.
· 22nd Street between 9th Ave and Rev. Abraham Woods Blvd - has been re-scheduled to be turned around to a 2 – way road by the end of this week (March 24th).
· 23rd Street between 9th Ave and Rev. Abraham Woods Blvd – Currently this road is closed and will remain closed through early July 2019.
· 24th Street between Rev. Abraham Woods Blvd and Richard Arrington Jr Blvd – Now open in both directions. It is anticipated that this will remain open until to the erection phase begins in this area which is currently scheduled in August 2019
· 25th Street between Rev. Abraham Woods Blvd and Richard Arrington Jr Blvd – Currently open but is scheduled to close for the erection phase in mid-May through end of July. When this closes, all traffic to and from 59/20 on ramp and off ramp at 25th will be detoured to 24th via Richard Arrington Jr Blvd.
Listed below are the current city streets that are open/closed beneath the CBD bridges during the reconstruction of the bridges:
· 16th Street N
· 18th Street. N
· 19th Street N
· Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd - between 9th Ave & Rev. Abraham Woods Jr Blvd
· 22nd Street N
· 23rd Street N
· 25th Street. N
· 15th Street N
· 24th Street N
***“9th Avenue between 19th Street N and 23rd Street N is now closed for the remainder of the project.
Detour signs will be in place where necessary. Please keep in mind that all construction plans can change due to weather and other factors. As always, use caution and obey the posted speed limits.
This work is a part of the I-59/20 Central Business District (CBD) Interchange and Bridge Replacement Project.
Motorists are requested to consider using alternate routes, adjust arrival/departure times, observe work zone speed limits and other work zone signs, and use extreme caution in this area. ALDOT thanks motorists for their patience during this Construction Operation to improve Alabama’s roadways.
UPDATE - JANUARY 15, 2019
ALDOT will be operating a 24 hour Hotline for anyone to call with questions about traffic
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2019
I-59/20 Bridge Project Update
PHASE III CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT, IN BIRMINGHAM
(CBD) Central Business District Project
BIRMINGHAM– The Alabama Department of Transportation announces that construction crews are preparing to transition to close portions of I-59/20 through downtown Birmingham for Phase III of the I-59/20 Central Business District Bridge Project. This transition period is expected to take place January 18, 2019 – February 4, 2019 and includes three weekends of construction activities surrounding the closure.
Weather permitting, the transition plan for Phase III of the I-59/20 Central Business District Bridge Project closure is as follows:
FIRST WEEKEND / JANUARY 18-21:
o Red Mountain Expressway ramp to I-59 SB will close until the new ramp and new bridges are constructed and open to traffic.
o Ramp from I-59 SB to Red Mountain Expressway SB will not be available; however, the Central Business District bridges will still be open. The ramp will re-open Monday, January 21st.
o JANUARY 21: The evening of January 21st, the shutdown of the Central Business District bridges begins from the interchange at I-65 to the interchange at Red Mountain Expressway.
SECOND WEEKEND / JANUARY 25-28:
o JANUARY 25-28
o FROM 9 p.m., Friday until 6 a.m. Monday: Carraway Boulevard will be closed under the I-59/20 Central Business District bridges between Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard and 11th Avenue North.
· THIRD WEEKEND / FEBRUARY 3-4:
o FEBRUARY 3-4: Carraway Boulevard will be closed in the vicinity of the I-59/20 Central Business District bridges for completion of the demolition of the Red Mountain Expressway ramp to I-59/20 SB. Carraway Boulevard will reopen by 6 a.m.. on 2/4/19.
o FEBRUARY 4: 25th Street on and off ramps expected to be open to traffic.
Please keep in mind that construction plans can change due to weather and other factors; however, weather permitting, ALDOT anticipates the closure to be early the week of January 21st.
Motorists are encouraged to use caution, obey the posted speed limits, adjust arrival/departure times, and use I-459 to go around the closures whenever possible. I-459 will be the most efficient way to avoid construction delays and bypass the closure. For local traffic, there will be signed detours along with increased presence of law enforcement, Alabama Service Assistance Patrol (ASAP) trucks, and wrecker service to ensure traffic flows as smoothly as possible.
This work is a part of the I-59/20 Central Business District (CBD) Interchange and Bridge Replacement Project. ALDOT thanks motorists for their patience during this Construction Operation to improve Alabama’s roadways.
ALDOT's mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation network across Alabama. For traffic alerts and updates, please visit our project website at www.5920bridge.com, utilize the ALGO traffic app, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @5920bridge.