BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — Alabama Department of Transportation officials say the 59/20 bridge project is ahead of schedule and are predicting the bridge to be done in January 2020.
At Monday’s Birmingham transportation committee meeting, ALDOT gave their update on the project and answered any concerns from the board.
“It’s impacting the most culturally rich, most well developed, the largest city in the state of Alabama, so it’s important for us to have frequent communication with ALDOT,” Darrell O’Quinn, Birmingham city councilor, said.
Dejarvis Leonard with ALDOT said they expected the rain to set them back but it didn’t and they’re still ahead of schedule.
“The contractor is installing the new segmental bridge construction and he has about 3 spans that are actually installed at this time and he’ll continue that process until he finishes the bridge,” Leonard said.
The board took the time to discuss other traffic issues involving 59/20 and other areas in the city.
“One of the issues they asked was about the truck traffic and it has increased through downtown and we’ll look to see how to address those issues,” Leonard said.
Other things discussed was pedestrian safety.
“The Smart Growth America came out with a pedestrian safety study a couple of months ago and Birmingham was fairly close to the top in terms of being a city that isn’t’ safe for pedestrians so that’s an issue that I’ve been dealing with in Crestwood community for a long time and it turns out there’s been a pedestrian tunnel underneath the boulevard that was closed off a long time ago,” O’Quinn said.