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ALDOT Opens 17th Street North Ramp

Posted on: August 31, 2018 at 4:01 pm



ALDOT Opens 17th Street North Ramp

(CBD) Central Business District Project – Phase II & Phase III


BIRMINGHAM – Motorists entering downtown Birmingham will benefit from today’s 9 a.m. opening of the 17th Street North Ramp as part of ALDOT’s Central Business District Project.  The construction is designed to improve the I-59/20 and I-65 Interchanges.


Earlier this week, ALDOT opened the 11th Avenue North Ramp which greatly enhanced departures from the downtown area.


ALDOT’s East Central Region Engineer, DeJarvis Leonard, said drivers should use some caution when using the ramp for the first time. While message boards and all necessary traffic controls are in place, he provided the following navigating tips:


  • Ramps to 17th Street will come from the north, south and west.
  • From I-65, the left lane will depart and span over I-59 to meet the bridge from I-59 north and the bridge from I-65 north.
  • All three meets near the south east of the route interchange and drop onto 17th Street.
  • The ramp will have four lanes at the intersection of Reverend Abraham Woods Blvd.

Leonard said for additional information please visit ADOT’s project website and for traffic alerts and updates follow ALDOT on Facebook and Twitter @5920bridge.


While all ramps are now functioning, some minor work will continue on Phase 2 of the three-phase project and Leonard encouraged motorist to continue using caution when traveling in this area.


Phase 2 included fourteen new bridges, two bridge removals, seven bridge widenings with sixteen retaining walls. Phase 2 also involves work items for grade, drain, base, pave, striping, signals and lighting. This work is now nearing completion and has cost just over $232 million.


ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation network across Alabama.


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