Almost done! An up-close look at the new I-59/20 bridge

I-59/20 Shutdown

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — We’re getting our first up-close look at the new I-59/20 bridge.

 It’s scheduled to open on or before next Tuesday, Jan. 21. All that remains now is the striping of the road and hanging the signs.

The news has drivers excited for the long-awaited re-opening.

“Oh my goodness, just being able to think, ‘I’ve got this destination, and I can plan my time and not have it thrown off-kilter,'” Sharon Ponder said.

While the wait may have felt long for some, the project was actually completed in record time.

“We did set the United States and world record for the number of segments set in a given time, which is 2,316,” Operations Manager for Johnson Brothers Mike Brown said.

The bridge was completed in a timely manner and no corners were cut, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.

The area underneath the bridge as well will get a new look. It will be transformed into a park that spans 10 blocks and will include parking, events space and even a dog park.


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