I-59/20 Bridge Relocation Options, in BirminghamPosted on: September 28, 2016 at 8:29 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2016
BIRMINGHAM – As was reported in May, the feasibility study will not impact the replacement projects currently underway on Interstate 59/20 through downtown Birmingham. This work is of immediate need to ensure the safety of the traveling public. All three phases have been approved by the Federal Highway Administration and are already underway. They will not be impacted by the proposed study. The study is focused on considering the feasibility of relocating the interstate 20 or 30 years into the future.
It is important to note that even if the study were to find another feasible location, it would take a minimum of 15 years to go through the approval process and have the project ready for construction. Then, it would be dependent on securing over $1 billion dollars in federal funding.
ALDOT has pledged funding for the city of Birmingham and local groups who are interested in moving the interstate in the future but we must focus on today’s needs in safety and functionality.
ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.
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