Roadways, Interchanges and Corridors: Birmingham City Councilors Hone in On Regional Travel and Traffic Concerns
Birmingham City Councilors recently approved an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Cost Sharing Agreement between the City of Birmingham, and surrounding municipalities. This agreement between the City of Hoover, the City of Irondale, the City of Leeds, the City of Mountain Brook, the City of Vestavia Hills, the Birmingham Water Works Board, Jefferson County and Shelby County will fund a study for the purpose of determining possible solutions to the traffic congestion existing in the U.S. Highway 280 corridor between SR 119 and I-459. The cost sharing agreement calls for Birmingham to pay more than half $560,000 while Hoover, Irondale, Leeds, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Jefferson County, Shelby County and the Water Works Board each pay $60,000 as each municipality is expected to divide the costs based on the total acquisition of land and the detailed scope of services in the Mayor’s authorized contract. Under the agreement all entities will work together to consider alternative corridors to realign Grants Mill Road from SR-119 to I-459. The redesign of Grants Mill between Interstate 459 and Alabama 119 will carry more traffic on roadways at 55 mph.
In addition to the recent cost sharing agreement to address Highway 280 traffic concerns, Birmingham City Councilors will vote on a resolution Tuesday authorizing the Mayor to execute a Standard Project Resolution and Plans with the State of Alabama Department of Transportation for Roadway Lighting on Corridor X (Future I-22) from 4,500 Feet West on I-65 to I-65 Route Interchange in the City of Birmingham. Corridor X is the interchange between Interstate 65 and the new Interstate 22 north of Birmingham. Slated for completion this fall, Interstate 22 will provide direct interstate access between Birmingham and Memphis.
While these ordinances are a huge step to address numerous concerns of congested traffic on Highway 280 and convenient travel out of state, Councilor Kim Rafferty, Chair of the Transportation and Communications Committee said she supports the roadway restructuring and hopes that there will be additional projects in the works soon for known high volume traffic roadways.
“We have to make sure that constructing, repairing and diverting these types of roadway projects will not become rare,” said Councilor Rafferty. “It is a valuable opportunity when residents can rely on us to address their traffic concerns with ALDOT as well as other jurisdictions; after all proper planning will give us the best road system to serve our entire region.”
This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.