Judge denies preliminary injunction request to block Northern Beltline construction
By Gary Lloyd
BIRMINGHAM — A federal judge on Friday denied a request for a preliminary injunction that would block construction of the Northern Beltline.
The 52-mile corridor will link Interstate 459 in Bessemer with Interstate 59 just north of Trussville.
The estimated cost for the project — expected to take 30 to 35 years to complete — is about $5.4 billion. The first 1.3 miles will connect Alabama Highway 75 and Alabama Highway 79 near Pinson. Construction of the first segment is expected to begin in February. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a 404 permit for the first segment of the project in September 2013.
The Alabama Department of Transportation in November opened bids for the first phase of construction of the Northern Beltline near Pinson. The apparent low bidder for the 1.3-mile segment was Wright Brothers Construction Co. Inc. of Charleston, Tenn., which came in with a bid of $45,999,999.69. The other bids were received from Jones Brothers Inc. of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., with a bid of $73,506,447.52, and Vecellio and Grogan Inc. of Beckley, W.V., with a bid of $75,482,857.32.
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