BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Officials with ALDOT confirm changes to your commute will take place within the next seven days as the closure of the Interstate 59/20 bridges in downtown Birmingham will begin on Friday, January 18 with a complete shutdown on Monday, January 21.
We’ve been telling you about it for months and two stages of prep work have been happening around the interstate for more than a year now, but the major part of the plan will begin Monday as the bridges close.
Many commuters are worried about what headaches the closure will cause them on their daily drive into and out of the city.
“It’s going to be a nightmare. This is not going to be good,” said commuter Willie Hall.
“The roadwork by itself before the closure has caused me problems in the past. I’ve had to literally leave between two and two and a half hour earlier than what I normally would because of the road work,” said commuter Bobby Dumas. “And now with this, having to take 459, extra gas you have to put in the car just to make the extra 15 miles to go around, all the way just to get to work. It’s stressful.”
Beyond that, one city councilor is worried about the things that need to be done ahead of the closure.
“I’m concerned at the present time that all of the things that they have stated needed to be in place before the closure, those things really need to occur within the next 72 to 96 hours,” said City Councilor Darrell O’Quinn.
ALDOT officials will held a press conference Tuesday to discuss the details about the closure.
For more details on how your commute will be altered, click here for some information about detours.