From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The city of Birmingham is working to decrease the number of commercial trucks driving through neighborhoods in downtown Birmingham. Since the start of the Alabama Department of Transportation’s Bridge Replacement Project, there has been increased traffic in several locations.
The Birmingham Department of Transportation will place signage to discourage truck traffic in some of those locations, including Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard. BDOT has removed dated signage that previously identified the boulevard as a truck route. ALDOT will place additional truck restriction signs at all entry points for the 17th Street North off-ramp. These signs will read “No Trucks” and “Local Deliveries Only.”
Birmingham officials said only local truck traffic should go straight or right after exiting the 17th Street North off-ramp from I-59/20.
In addition, the city of Birmingham has designated several restricted areas entering the Fountain Heights, Druid Hills and Norwood neighborhoods. Signage restricting trucks through these neighborhoods will continue to be placed over the next week. In order to enforce these restricted areas and limit truck patterns to local deliveries only, the Birmingham Police Department will designate key checkpoint sites.
“No Trucks” and “Local Deliveries Only” signs have and will be posted in the following locations:
- Interstate off-ramp to 17th Street North
- Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard through downtown
- Entry points to the Fountain Heights, Druid Hills, and Norwood residential neighborhoods