ALDOT restricting HAZMAT loads on I-59/20 thru Birmingham during The World Games
The Alabama Dept. of Transportation (ALDOT), under a directive from the U.S. Secret Service, will restrict all hazardous material cargo shipments on I-59/20 through Downtown Birmingham during The World Games being held July 7-17, 2022.
The affected portion of I-59/20 is from I-65 to the east of the E. B. Stephens Freeway (US Hwy 31). The closure begins Thursday, July 7, and continues through Sunday, July 17. We are told enforcement will be strict.
The World Games is an 11-day international multi-sport event organized with the support of the International Olympic Committee. An anticipated 3,600 elite athletes from all over the world will compete in 30 of the fastest-growing sports. Event organizers and city officials are expecting more than 500,000 spectators will come through the Birmingham area during the event.
With increased crowds and foot traffic underneath the raised portion of I-59/20, the Secret Service has placed a very high-security level in preparation for the many events and functions that will happen under or near the interstate bridges that rise over the Birmingham Central Business District, which includes Legacy Arena, Protective Stadium, and the Uptown Entertainment District.
ALDOT is already using digital message signs on various interstate routes to alert traffic. Static signs will also be placed in high-traffic areas. Carriers hauling hazmat cargo must use the I-459 to bypass affected areas for pass-through destinations.
For more information, contact ALDOT at 334-353-6554 or visit https://www.dot.state.al.us/.