Big trucks causing issues on 59/20 bridge detour

Challenges for big rig trucks on I-59/20

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The 59/20 Bridge shutdown in downtown Birmingham continues to cause issues for drivers. A lot of motorists have figured it out and adjusted to the detour routes. But, there are challenges. Mainly a lot of 18 wheeler big trucks are not taking I-459 but apparently have to make their way around the traffic congestion downtown.

You see its a big problem for big rig trucks making a turns on the main detour at Carraway Boulevard and 12th street. A lot of trucks are rolling over part of the sidewalk. Some times when making turns cars in the other lane have to backup. ALDOT hoped big trucks would take I-459 but some truckers have to find a way to get their load downtown. The trucks are adding to the problems in this area. Law enforcement and ALDOT workers have been on hand trying to help keep the traffic flowing.

“We asked motorist to be patient with us. To take time and plan your routes. Also leave early so you can get to your destination because you can expect delays.” DeJarvis Leonard, ALDOT Regional Engineer said.

We will have a map of the detour route on our news app. The shutdown will take place from nine tonight to five a-m Monday morning. We might see another one day shutdown next weekend as the construction team will down the Red Mountain expressway ramp over Carraway Boulevard.

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