ALDOT looking for ways to improve connectivity and drive time for Highway 280

ALDOT looking for ways to improve connectivity and drive time for Highway 280

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A plan to reduce traffic on Highway 280 and make it more accessible. That is what ALDOT presented to the public Tuesday evening.

ALDOT is proposing multiple alternate routes from 280 by taking Cahaba Beach Road. After hearing the publics' opinions and concerning other options, they will select one of the four options.

Now these are all proposed plans, so there are four route options and there is still the option not to build at all. ALDOTs goal with these plans are to improve connectivity to 280 as well as mobility and travel time.

It would really help connect people east of Interstate 459. One Highway 280 commuter says it would cut his drive time in half.

"It would really help us get to the Summit or other places we want to go to and cut down on traffic time," David Fuqua states.

DeJarvis Leonard with ALDOT says everything they hear from the public will help them move forward.

"Information that we gathered drives the process and the process drives the decision," he explains.

Now there were also a few people in the Liberty Park meeting that were against the connectivity because they fear it will bring heavy traffic to the area.

This is also a group of people against it because they say it will impact all of Birmingham's water source.

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