Red Mountain Highway Project to Halt for World Games
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Crews are working hard on the Red Mountain Highway to try to make the popular route safer and less congested. The project is still far from complete, but it will be put on hold when the World Games arrives in Birmingham.
Currently, traffic has been moved to allow crews to continue working on the new concrete median. It will eventually stretch from Homewood to 2nd Avenue North, but for now progress can only be seen as far north as 21st Avenue South.
Further signs of progress can be seen around the road, much of the bluff now revealed for the first time in decades as crews work to spruce up the expressway. One more thing that remains less than beautiful is the current state of US-31.
I spoke with ALDOT Area Operations Engineer Dee McDaniel for an update on the project, and he pointed out that while the project will see more progress before the World Games Arrivals. Roads will only be repaved and striped after the event.
“The main focus of the project at this stage is to complete the barrier wall and for the contractor to complete the inner bridge rails. They are also carrying out renovations on these and the contractors focus is to complete this before the World Games“, said McDaniel
After the World Games, crews will add an additional lane each way between 21st Avenue South and Highland Avenue, then repave and redesign the popular route. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.
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