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Old Posted Mar 30, 2018, 2:02 AM
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All new digital message boards for I-65 N&S, and 20/56 N&S are now being used. They're currently displaying information encouraging commuters and travelers to use the State's traffic information site "AlGo". In the future I anticipate that they'll provide detailed information regarding roadway situations once the downtown viaducts have been torn down and replacement has begun.
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So, all new digital message boards throughout Birmingham are active.

Also, if I am not mistaken, all new ramps, bridges, fly-overs are open for business. It looks like the demolition of the downtown 20/59 viaduct is imminent.

I also drove by the new 459 North ramp to 280. Grading seems complete.
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Old Posted Sep 6, 2018, 1:23 AM
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So, all new digital message boards throughout Birmingham are active.

Also, if I am not mistaken, all new ramps, bridges, fly-overs are open for business. It looks like the demolition of the downtown 20/59 viaduct is imminent.

I also drove by the new 459 North ramp to 280. Grading seems complete.
The word from ALDOT is the demo of the downtown bridges has been pushed back till end of the year or beginning of next year, which probably means the contractors are more likely will be put on a deadline schedule or else be fined for going over. That stretch is the heart of the state and it can't be down no more than it has too.
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2018, 9:56 PM
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Reed Contracting has begun moving dirt on Old Hwy. 20 from Powell Road east to the NS RR tracks. There are several sections of roadway pipe on site to be installed. There are also several piles of dirt in the work zone.
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Old Posted Jan 19, 2019, 10:14 AM
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I-59/20 bridges through downtown will shutdown Monday 21 with demolition and reconstruction of the elevated viaduct.

My commute is going to go from 10 to 15 min, to 30 to 45 min.

For the outsiders reading this, you might laugh at a 30-45 min commute, but in an area of more than 1.2 million people... going from a 10 min commute to a 30 or 45 min commute really shakes things up.

I’m beginning to regret not asking my manager for some flexibility next week so that I, and others in our department, can figure out the most efficient way to get to work considering the circumstances.
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Well, commute went off today pretty much without a hitch. I left home an hour early and got to work no problem. That being said, traffic hasn't seemed to be all that bad coming into downtown. Though, things might change later in the week...
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I heard a lot of complaints yesterday, but it was so much rain and so many accidents. Traffic would have been bad regardless. I still don't think it will be as bad as a lot of us think. There are just so many options to that mile and a half stretch or so of road.
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I heard a lot of complaints yesterday, but it was so much rain and so many accidents. Traffic would have been bad regardless. I still don't think it will be as bad as a lot of us think. There are just so many options to that mile and a half stretch or so of road.
It really hasn't been all that bad. Yesterday's weather is probably why traffic was so bad. It was pouring all day. I think there are just so many people altering their schedules, like myself, or taking other routes that it's softened the blow a bit.
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So, 20/59 SB exit to 25th St is open, and today, the 25th St onramp to 20/59 NB opened. I took the new ramp today, and based on the height you get to from ground level, boy that ramp is high!

Nothing really new, I'd say about 50% of the CBD bridges are down, but of course they're continuing to truck in and erect new pylings just as soon as the old stuctures have been cleared. The big step forward will be when they finally start assembling bridge segments. This should be something new for Alabama as I can't recall any prefabricated bridges being constructed and linked via steel cable (through the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge north of Mobile might have been constructed in a similar fashion).
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So, 20/59 SB exit to 25th St is open, and today, the 25th St onramp to 20/59 NB opened. I took the new ramp today, and based on the height you get to from ground level, boy that ramp is high!

Nothing really new, I'd say about 50% of the CBD bridges are down, but of course they're continuing to truck in and erect new pylings just as soon as the old stuctures have been cleared. The big step forward will be when they finally start assembling bridge segments. This should be something new for Alabama as I can't recall any prefabricated bridges being constructed and linked via steel cable (through the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge north of Mobile might have been constructed in a similar fashion).
Segmental bridges downtown will be the first for the state of alabama...Other states and countries have constructed these types of bridges for awhile..
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So, 20/59 SB exit to 25th St is open, and today, the 25th St onramp to 20/59 NB opened. I took the new ramp today, and based on the height you get to from ground level, boy that ramp is high!

Nothing really new, I'd say about 50% of the CBD bridges are down, but of course they're continuing to truck in and erect new pylings just as soon as the old stuctures have been cleared. The big step forward will be when they finally start assembling bridge segments. This should be something new for Alabama as I can't recall any prefabricated bridges being constructed and linked via steel cable (through the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge north of Mobile might have been constructed in a similar fashion).
I agree. It is probably way to early for a layperson like me to predict, but with it being as efficient a process as it has with them staging the prefabbed parts and making the others nearby, I don't think this is going to take as long as they have said.
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