BJCC experiences its first concert after the I-59/20 bridge closure


BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — Tuesday was the first test for the BJCC and the I-59/20 bridge closure. 

Those attending the Metallica concert said they planned for major traffic, but were pleasantly surprised. 

“Just take 65 as best as you can, as far down as you can because 65 was clear, traffic not bad,” said David Johnson coming to the Metallica concert. 

The BJCC posted a virtual map on their website and gave detailed routes to take, depending where drivers are coming from. 

“I think what come upon us is to stress to our customers and we’re going to reach out to them proactiviely because the good thing is we know who’s buying tickets. We know whos there and just general messaging with community,” said Tad Snider, executive director for BJCC. 

Concert attendees said they checked those maps out and feel the experience went smooth because of the planning. 

“Traffic was not bad. It was a little heavier than usual but wasn’t bad. We found place to park within 10 minutes and a lot of delays because of stuff going on but not bad,” said Wes Cooper. 

“Really wasn’t bad because BJCC made sure to post alternate directions and took all of 40 minutes to get to McCalla,” said Linda Hamilton. 

The BJCC said they will continue to update routes so each event goes smoothly.

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