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Traffic Update


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!


ALDOT will be operating a 24 hour Hotline for anyone to call with questions about traffic


January 15, 2019


I-59/20 Bridge Project Update


(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:


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.


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.


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, utilize the ALGO traffic app, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @5920bridge.


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