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ALDOT working to add temporary barriers at I-20/59 trouble spot

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Alabama Department of Transportation has hired a construction company to put up cable rail barriers on Interstate 20/59 between Arkadelphia Road and the Center Street Bridge.

The hope is this work will temporarily save lives on the section of roadway until more permanent changes can be made.

In late January, a Birmingham woman died in one crossover crash. In late May, another crash caused a six vehicle accident. Two people were killed.

"That highway has always had a problem with people crossing over and coming into each other. There have been so many deaths," said Dionne Welch.

Part of the interstate has concrete barriers. ALDOT decided to move quickly to put up cable rail barriers.

"Cable is something we are considering to be a temporary fix. We use a lot of concrete barrier rail," said Brian Davis with ALDOT.

Work started last week to get the interstate ready for the cable rail barriers. The work in the median will take from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., outside of rush hour.

Additional work will take place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Drivers can expect some lane closures during this work. The project should wrap up by August 1.

In the meantime, drivers are urged to be cautious in the construction area.

"Anytime you are in a construction zone you can have workers out there who like to get home at the end of the day. We urge people to don't have a tendency to look over to see what's going on. Slow down," said Davis.

There is bound to be traffic congestion in the area, but drivers says it will be worth it in the end.

"It's just beneficial to anybody's safety that the road work be taken. Yet it will be a little congested until then. I feel like it's beneficial until then," said Alexander Gamble.

One note to keep in mind - the work is a temporary fix because in the next two years ALDOT plans to rebuild the bridges in downtown Birmingham, so that work would tear up the barriers at that time.

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