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Old 04-17-2021, 05:26 PM
 
Location: 35217
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The Alabama Department of Transportation is working on multiple projects to help mitigate traffic congestion on U.S. Highway 280 in both eastbound and westbound lanes.

The project includes two phases in which improvements will be made between the Red Mountain Expressway and Doug Baker Boulevard along the heavily traveled highway, which is one of the metro area's top corridors for development.

ALDOT Spokesperson Linda Crockett told the BBJ that ALDOT will add an additional lane on 280 from Lakeshore Drive to Pump House Road in the first phase of the project. She said the second phase will include the replacement of the Pump House Road Bridge that crosses over 280 as well as an additional lane from Pump House Road to I-459.

Phase 1 is 80% designed and could go to contract as early as this summer for both eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic, Crockett said.

She said ALDOT will also let a project to contract this spring to provide resurfacing and operational improvements from east of the Cahaba River Bridge to just east of County Road 41 in both directions.

This project will include resurfacing from east of the Cahaba River Bridge to State Route 119 and from east of Doug Baker Boulevard to east of County Road 41. Operational improvements will also be made from State Route 119 to Doug Baker Boulevard.
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Old 04-17-2021, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Birmingham, AL
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after a certain point, additional lanes really don't do much. i think that will be true in this case as well.

one major project i think would help would be creating a flyover for vehicles traveling westbound (inbound) on 280 heading onto 459 south (towards tuscaloosa). this would eliminate the light at the 280/459 intersection, which is probably the longest on all of 280.
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Old 04-17-2021, 06:52 PM
 
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It's well past time ALDOT seriously considered making 280 limited-use, at least between RME and 459.
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Old Yesterday, 08:01 AM
 
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after a certain point, additional lanes really don't do much. i think that will be true in this case as well.

one major project i think would help would be creating a flyover for vehicles traveling westbound (inbound) on 280 heading onto 459 south (towards tuscaloosa). this would eliminate the light at the 280/459 intersection, which is probably the longest on all of 280.
The flyover is way overdue. With the expanded road funds from the gas tax increase, our metro needs to push ALDOT for this.
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Old Today, 11:10 AM
 
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Yeah this looks like more wasted money. Widening the road just for a small portion right there won't do anything but add more confusion, it still goes back to 3 lanes per side causing more merging issues.
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