ALDOT Announces 12th Court North Bridge ClosingPosted on: August 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm
BIRMINGHAM —The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has announced the closure of the 12th Court North Bridge this Saturday, August 20, 2016. The bridge will remain closed for approximately one year for the old one to be removed and a new one constructed.
Phase II of this bridge project is the rebuilding of the I-59/20 and I-65 Interchange. This project is part of ALDOT’s effort to improve and replace the elevated portions of Interstate 59/20 through downtown Birmingham.
“ALDOT recognizes the bridge closure will affect the local community,” said DeJarvis Leonard, East Central Region Engineer. “Citizens must take alternate routes, adjust arrival/departure times, observe work zone speed limits and other work zone signs, as well as use extreme caution in this area.”
Mr. Leonard said, “ALDOT has worked diligently to keep the City of Birmingham, School System Personnel, as well as the affected schools informed in preparing for this closure.” “We’ve provided them flyers and maps detailing the alternate routes.”
In addition, Mr. Leonard stated, “uniformed police officers are being provided from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday to help with the traffic flow. These officers will continue to be there every school day until the bridge reopens.”
“We understand this closure will be an inconvenience over the next year,” Mr. Leonard reiterated. “However, this work will improve and create a new bridge for use in the community and provide a safer route.”
Parents who have questions about rerouting should contact the Alabama Department of Transportation at 205-327-4973 or Tuggle Elementary at 205-231-2670 or Wilkerson Middle at 205-231-2740.
ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.