Today, Norwood and North Birmingham residents can express their views and concerns about a new plan to improve the roadway and traffic flow to downtown.
The Alabama Department of Transportation wants to replace bridges and make traveling in downtown Birmingham smoother. ALDOT is calling for closing many exits from Malfunction Junction on I-20/59 to 31st Street. People who live in Norwood believe it will leave them isolated.
"I really think it's not good. It separates the northside communities more than anything in the last 50 years," Norwood resident Richard Dabney said.
The exit ramps at 17th Street and 22nd Street will be closed to keep traffic flowing and to prevent multi-lane crossovers. Shutting down 28th Street at 11th Ave. and the 31st exit is a concern for the business community.
The restaurant Sol's Hot Dogs has been in Norwood for more than four decades.
"It's going to be hard. It's going to be hard getting in and out. I'm afraid it's going to hurt our business and everybody else around here too," Donna Zarzour, owner of Sol's Hot Dogs, said.
For those who work in historic Norwood, there are big fears about their future.
"The lack of business. This place has been here 45 years. If we lose this business, I might have to find another job somewhere. We need the freeway," Sol's Hot Dogs employee Darius Green said.
A hearing will be held today at St. James Missionary Baptist Church from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
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