I-59/20 bridge project remains on schedule

ALDOT: I-59/20 bridge project on schedule

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The massive I-59/20 bridge replacement project remains on schedule.

ALDOT presented a time lapse update Wednesday that highlighted the demolition of the bridges going smoothly but showing rain slowing down progress.

Now three months into the project, workers are now dropping pre-cast segments of the new bridge into place.

“We have been able to stay on schedule base on the demolition. The contractor has started the erection of the segments,” ALDOT Regional Engineer DeJarvis Leonard said.

Weather has not hurt the work, but it is something everyone is watching.

“Nothing serious, but the contractor can’t work in the rain because of the placement of the segments,” Leonard said.

Leonard said the contractor will need dry conditions to set the segments. Leonard says the contractor is tweaking the construction plan to stay on schedule or better. Meanwhile, drivers are continuing to take detours and heavy traffic through Birmingham neighborhoods.

“It’s good right now in the morning. It’s bad in the evenings,” Charles Jordan said.

Drivers said it has been hectic.

“It’s congested, man. It’s hard work trying to get around town,” Derrick Keith said.

Drivers hope to see the bridge completed soon.

“It would be great to see. That would mean I could use the bridge downtown again, that is my concern. I try to get to the other side of town. I have to take back roads,” Jordan said

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