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Old 03-26-2009, 05:40 PM
 
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I just saw on the news, and they said that I-20/59 through downtown would be at street level with parks and bridges above. Now downtown, the BJCC, the entertainment district, and the proposed domed stadium will now be together instead of separated. This project will take 4 years to complete.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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Just so you know, this is just proposed at the moment. No one has agreed to anything. It would cost about $700 Million dollars, which is about 200 million more than the domed stadium. Though, since this is an interstate project, the city would likely get a lot of help from the county, state and federal governments.

It is likely to happen though. This would allow for a reduction in crime, increase in driver safety, improved traffic flow, and would also probably have a good effect on economic growth in the CBD. I hope this goes through...
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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Considering who is in charge of Birmingham right now, that proposal is a pipe dream!
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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Haha, how so? There's more of a chance of this happening with Langford in office than with Kinkaid, or however you spelled his name... The biggest thing happening in Birmingham when Bernard was in office was a wreck on the Expressway... Maybe some Frosted Flakes in between council work sessions...
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Totally nuts. Some cities had the interstate cut through neighborhoods and create serious problems. The elevated section in B'ham does the exact opposite, since it is so close to the city center and ASFA and the auditorium museum are north of it and the business district immediately to the south. Lowering the interstate to street level would create much more of a barrier than it now is. Dumb.
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Old 03-28-2009, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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I don't believe that in the least... This isn't cutting through anywhere except where it already is. This also won't cut off the BJCC district from the CBD anymore than it already has, and will in fact join the two parts of town together in a more harmonious manor.

Visitors to the BJCC often like to have things to do at night in downtown, which there are. But, the problem is that there is this enormous eyesore blocking their way into the CBD, plus, it's dangerous to walk under the bridges because of anything from crime to falling debris. This proposal would solve that problem by creating greeways that cross the interstate which would allow for better foot traffic and improved auto traffic.

The only problem with this is that it will cost an outrageous amount of money.
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Old 03-28-2009, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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I hope it's ok to post a link to something, Moderator cut: ..

This Fox 6 report has pictures which is helpful to a lot of folks.

Proposal to Lower Interstate 20/59 Downtown (http://www.myfoxal.com/dpp/news/20090326_Proposal_to_Lower_Downtown_Interstate - broken link)

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