HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) - There is a new challenge tonight to ALDOT's plans to expand Highway 280.
Dozens of homeowners from the Hwy 280 corridor heard an alternative plan tonight. And its designer says the plan would be cheaper than the state's plan.
It would also be less invasive to homeowners.
ALDOT's plan would cost about $800 million and calls for tolled, elevated express lanes along Highway 280 from I-459 eastbound.
Both of those features concern critics of the plan who say there is a cheaper alternative that doesn't involve tolls or elevated lanes, and tonight, they saw what that might look like.
A group called "Citizens to Save 280" hired traffic engineer, Walter Kulash, to design an alternative to Governor Riley's plan.
The state's idea is to create tolled express lanes, which includes expanding the highway from 6 to 10 lanes between Birmingham and I-459, and elevating lanes beyond that.
"I live on Hollywood Blvd. which has enough traffic already," said Homewood homeowner Betty Morrison. "And I'm just concerned about getting anymore."
This new alternative would only use the existing 6 lane footprint, but would make the inside 4 lanes into express lanes that would bypass traffic lights by going underneath current intersections.