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
MAy 22, 2019
I-59/20 Bridge Project Daily Update, in Birmingham
(CBD) Central Business District Project
I-59/20 Bridge Project Weekly 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 as follows:
Carraway Blvd. will be closed between 11th Avenue and 26th Street N, Tuesday, May 21st thru Friday, May 24th from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. to set segments across the roadway.
28th Street closure between RAJ and 11th Avenue, Monday, May 20th until Wednesday, May 22nd to repair the bridge deck overhead.
Please see activity below that will have some impact to traffic around complex as it relates to the ALDOT project. These are specific closures and should not extend beyond times noted.
Currently 9th Ave is closed between 19th Street and Richard Arrington Jr Blvd North to all through traffic in both directions. This will remain closed in this manner throughout the erection phase of the spans in this area.
Currently 9th Ave between 19th Street and 17th Street is closed to all through traffic in both directions. This will remain closed in this manner throughout the erection phase of the spans in this area.
Currently 15th Street between 12th Ave and Rev. Abraham Woods is closed. Re-opening is undetermined at this time.
Currently 23rd Street between 9th Ave and Rev. Abraham Woods is closed. Re-opening is undetermined at this time.
11th Ave between 18th Street and 17th Street is now ONE WAY West Bound Only. This is a permanent change in an effort to reduce congestion as well as make this area flow better to the interstate onramps.
Currently Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd between 24th Street and 25th Street East Bound is closed. This condition will change on 5/25 based on the notes below regarding the closure of 25th Street.
Carraway Blvd between 11th Ave and Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd will continue to close each night between 11:00pm and 5:00am for Bridge Erection. Through a coordinated effort, they will continue to try to stall closure when needed until traffic clears following events whenever possible.
25th Street between Richard Arrington Jr Blvd North and Rev Abraham Woods Blvd North will close Monday night 5/6 from 11:00pm through 5:00am for overhead work that is being done over head in that area. During this time, the 25th Street off Ramp will be closed and you will only be able to access the onramp to 59/20 North Bound from Caraway Blvd Southbound, just south of 11th Ave.
The Contractors are planning on closing 25th Street between Richard Arrington Jr Blvd North and Rev Abraham Woods Blvd North on May 25th to start the bridge erection in that area. This will be a long term closure (3-month) During this period of time, the route to and from 25th Street Ramps will be adjusted to Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd to 24th Street. As we get closer, we will provide additional information as it is received.
ALDOT will be operating a 24 hour Hotline for anyone to call with questions about traffic
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.