Please rethink the plan for Interstate 20/59 through Birmingham.

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      Rethink 20/59

The 20/59 interstate bridges through the heart of Birmingham have reached their life expectancy and will need to be removed. Instead of replacing the bridges, we suggest creating a street level grand boulevard through downtown that would encourage economic growth, strengthen community unity, and beautify Birmingham.

The existing Alabama Department of Transportation plan does not take into consideration any previous city or regional plans laid out for Birmingham. We feel more progressive ideas, such as the plan to sink the interstate below ground (per the 2004 City Center Masterplan) or a realignment of its location, should be explored before making this once-in-a-lifetime decision for our great city.

The placement of the proposed access road along 11th Ave North would impede, rather than improve, local traffic flow and further exclude the surrounding neighborhoods from downtown. This access road would negatively impact historic Oak Hill Cemetery and cut through the proposed future site of a multi-purpose facility for the Civic Center. The three access ramps that must be added to the interchange of Interstates 65 and 20/59 to dump traffic onto 11th Ave will only make "Malfunction Junction" more dangerous to navigate from all directions.

ALDOT's proposed solution will not benefit us in ANY way. Other major cities are rethinking the impact and design of highways on their downtowns. We have a chance to create economic growth as well as to make Birmingham beautiful, functional, and inclusive for everyone. We believe all of this can be done with a more functional alternative.

We believe in Birmingham and call on our leaders to tear down this wall through our community for the good of the city.

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Please rethink the plan for Interstate 20/59 through Birmingham.

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    • Stacie Propst IRONDALE, AL
      • 4 months ago

      Rerouting 20/59 around downtown will reduce air pollution by 1) lowering vehicle exhaust and 2) potentially exposing the need to redevelop the north Bham industrial center. Plants like Drummond's ABC Coke and Walter Coke have been allowed to contaminate the surrounding residential neighborhoods with toxics like arsenic, lead and benzene for decades. They are a major contributor to Bham being ranked as having some of the dirtiest air in the nation.

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    • Joshua Childs BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • 4 months ago

      It will directly effect my future and should flow under the city just like in Atlanta. I do like the plans for the plant life above.

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    • Henry James BUFFALO, NY
      • 5 months ago

      All over the world people are realizing the mistakes made by former generations, realizing that the public spaces that surround our homes and schools and workplaces don't have to be designed for cars, but can be designed for all people, however they travel. If freeways can be successfully removed in San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Milwaukee, Portland, and cities around the world, leading to a more vibrant life for the city, then the 20/59 can be removed from Birmingham.

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    • Brent Maze HARTSELLE, AL
      • 5 months ago

      As a former resident of the Birmingham Metro area, ALDOT needs to be more creative about replacing the I-20/I-59 bridges. Moving the interstate away from downtown would only help restore the integrity of the city. Either move the interstate to the Finley Blvd. area and a new corridor for the I-20/i-59. It would also help correct the problem that is Malfunction Junction. If that's not possible, then bury the interstate and fix Malfunction Junction. Just replacing the bridge decks is not good enough.

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    • Stephen Crowder BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • 6 months ago

      I believe that the Civic Center should rejoin the rest of the City instead of being separated by an interstate.

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