Folks concerned about traffic ahead of 59/20 bridges coming down

I-59/20 bridge replacement project causing concerns for neighborhoods

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Next week, ALDOT’s construction team will finally shutdown the 59/20 bridges in downtown Birmingham.

Finley Boulevard will be one of the main detour routes for drivers to get around the 59/20 bridge construction, so that means even more traffic is expected on an already busy highway.

Once the bridges are blocked and destroyed, drivers will take Carraway Boulevard to Finley Boulevard to get back on 59/20.

A man who lives in a nearby neighborhood knows that means problems. "It’s going to be congested. Real congested. I think if people leave in time, start taking their time, just have patience,” Cedric Williams said.

ALDOT Regional Engineer DeJarvis Leonard says help will be on hand to handle the excess traffic. “We will have law enforcement. We will have ASAP drivers of trucks going to help monitor,” Leonard said.

Drivers in the area know it it will be a headache. “It’s going to create a lot of congestion. A lot of traffic. I don’t even know how I’m going to handle it now,” Terrell Fields said.

Some businesses along Finley have had access to restricted by barriers to allow traffic to continue to flow, hopefully preventing some long jams.

Anyone concerned about traffic problems can call ALDOT’s hotline 205-346-5080.

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