JEFFERSON CO, Ala (WIAT) — On Thursday, CBS 42 held a live panel discussion with ALDOT, city of Birmingham, and Jefferson county officials to discuss the big questions around the bridge closure and what drivers can anticipate for the next 14 months.
The panelists included Birmingham Councilor Darrel O’Quinn, DeJarvis Leonard with ALDOT, Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens, and James Fowler, the director of Transportation for city of Birmingham.
They said in this project, communication is key and feel the last few days have gone well.
“Its a good demonstration of how everyone has been communicating for many months and fortunately I think we’re seeing that has paid off because I think everyone anticipated that there would be total gridlock across the entire city and that hasn’t turned out that way,” said Darrell O’Quinn, with city of Birmingham.
“Viewers should see that we’re working together, the city, county, and ALDOT to accomplish something great for city of Birmingham and Jefferson County so when motorists come through, they’ll be willing to stop,” said DeJarvis Leonard with ALDOT.
It was mentioned that a 14 month closure might not actually take that long, possibly 12 months, or even sooner.
They feel good seeing the detours going smoother than they thought.
“We’ve talked about it so much and kind of played it up that people really thought seriously about how thy can make adjustments to their schedule,” said O’Quinn.