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New Details Concerning I-20/59 Bridge Project to Be Unveiled at the Birmingham City Council Transportation Committee Meeting

PRESS RELEASE                                                                        Monday, February 1, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Councilors will hear from ALDOT representatives today as they seek clarity on what the next steps are in the I-20/59 Bridge Project. The meeting will take place immediately following the Public Safety/Transportation Committee in the Council Chambers. Plans are currently underway to replace the I-20/59 bridges in downtown Birmingham and to reconfigure malfunction junction.  Today’s meeting comes a day before a proposed resolution on the agenda Tuesday that would oppose the project and halt it until they find an alternative. Public Safety/Transportation Committee Chair Steven Hoyt, said he is eager to hear what is being proposed to correct an issue that will have long term effects on the city and in particular the residents.

“It is our fiduciary duty to make sure that we are making decisions that will not temporarily fix the problem but that will provide long term solutions that will benefit the citizens of Birmingham,” Councilor Hoyt said. “Any transportation issue that we vote on is very critical, and my colleagues and I want to make sure that we are well versed on what’s needed to correct an issue that involves so many entities.”

Opponents of the proposed bridge replacement plan say the current location of the interstate divides residents in neighboring communities from the rest of the city. Last year a federal lawsuit was filed against the Alabama Department of Transportation to halt the project. The plaintiffs say restructuring that area of the interstate could hinder revitalization and economic development for that part of Birmingham. Bidding for phase 2 of the bridge replacement project was scheduled to begin on Jan. 22.  The entire project is expected to be complete by 2020 and is estimated to cost more than $500 million.

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.254.2036 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.