Inerstate 20/59

New I-59/20 bridges that pass through downtown Birmingham will open to traffic Tuesday, on 1-year anniversary since the road closed for construction.

Alabama Department of Transportation spokesperson Tony Harris said the former infrastructure was carrying twice the amount of traffic they were made to accommodate.

“It should be quieter in the downtown area than [when traffic used] the old steel super-structures, and it should provide for a safer, more modern passage through downtown," he said.


APR's Pat Duggins

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Officials say the reconstruction of Interstate 59/20 through downtown Birmingham remains on schedule.

Alabama Department of Transportation Regional Engineer DeJarvis Leonard tells WBRC-TV that the overall project is somewhere between 75% and 80% complete.

That includes placement of 1,600 new bridge segments so far. Leonard says 700 more segments need to be placed.