From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The Alabama Department of Transportation announced 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 Jan. 18 – Feb. 4 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 / Jan. 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 Jan. 21: The evening of January 21, the shutdown of the Central Business District bridges begins from the interchange at I-65 to the interchange at Red Mountain Expressway.
- Second weekend / Jan. 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 / Feb. 3-4:
o Feb. 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 Feb. 4: 25th Street on and off ramps expected to be open to traffic.
ALDOT wants motorists to 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 Jan. 21.