Birmingham City Council delays vote on Highway 280 project

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham City Council decided Tuesday to wait another week to decide whether to approve or oppose the state's plans for elevated roads on Highway 280.

The council had scheduled a vote Tuesday on the plan proposed by the Alabama Department of Transportation, but after an hour of debate and discussion on the topic Tuesday, councilors asked Mayor William Bell to continue negotiations with Gov. Bob Riley and ALDOT to include mass transit in the project.

ALDOT has proposed adding elevated and toll lanes to Highway 280 from Birmingham to Greystone as part of an effort to relieve traffic congestion.  Monday night, the Hoover City Council voted 6-1 in favor of a resolution supporting the plan. Homewood has already voted not to support the ALDOT plan because of concerns about the impact the added lanes will have on property values and businesses in that city.

Chelsea's city council is scheduled to vote either for or against the plan tonight.

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