BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - If you travel on Highway 280 in Birmingham, some more changes might be coming to your drive. The improvements are planned to make it a lot faster and easier to get on to I-459.
Ever since ALDOT finished making dramatic changes to Highway 280, such as eliminating signal lights, closing intersections, and building U-turns, travel speeds on the extremely busy thoroughfare have increased dramatically according to ALDOT and even folks who drive on 280.
A huge mound of dirt, now devoid of trees, is part of what will be modification of 280's westbound exit to Blue Lake Drive. It will be replaced with a new road that will connect Blue Lake to Grandview Parkway. The modification is part of the $15 million modifications to 280.
The Blue Lake Grandview Parkway addition is scheduled to begin in about a year.
If the state can secure $50 million more in funding, ALDOT plans to build a flyover connecting 280 West to I-459.
The flyover would begin near Grandview Parkway on 280 and the elevated highway would be built over what is the entrance to I-459, which means all the signal lights will be gone for folks making left turns on to 459, which currently causes big delays.
ALDOT engineer Brian Davis stresses the flyover project could be years away, or might not happen at all. It depends completely on getting the $50 million in funding.