New ALDOT proposal won’t reroute traffic to 11th Avenue North

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — An Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) proposal announced Tuesday calls for bridge repair on I20/59 through downtown Birmingham.

ALDOT plans to replace the elevated road between 31st Street North and I-65.

Construction would begin in 2015, because ALDOT estimates the I-20/59 bridge through downtown will be obsolete by 2016, according to the new proposal.

ALDOT says the latest proposal will not reroute traffic down 11th Avenue North, because the city and the BJCC expressed concern.

Instead, a ramp would be built over or under the current exit system to 17th Street. After that is constructed, then ALDOT would shut down the bridge to begin the repairment project.

ALDOT’s new proposal would add incentives for contractors to get the job done early, which would include a bonus for every day before and a penalty for every day after the proposed deadline.

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