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Public Meetings: Let ALDOT know you are concerned about Shelby County’s proposal to widen Cahaba Beach Road and Bridge over the Little Cahaba River and Our Drinking Water Supply

Shelby County proposes to realign, pave, and widen Cahaba Beach Road and to bridge the Little Cahaba River.  This is currently a partly paved, mainly dirt, one-lane road and closed historic iron bridge, between Sicard Hollow Road and Highway 280 at the Home Depot. The new road may be intended as a reliever route for 280.

We are concerned this project and the development and traffic it will draw may impact Birmingham’s drinking water supply and protected lands around it, imperiled species known to be in that part of the Little Cahaba, a tributary to the river that has minimal impacts, and an important CLEAN education location.  It is essential for ALDOT to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement for adequate environmental review.

ALDOT will hold two Public Involvement meetings to show alternative road alignments and ask for public comments:
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 (5 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Liberty Park Middle School Cafeteria
17035 Liberty Parkway
Vestavia Hills, AL 35242

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 (5 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
First Christian Church
4954 Valleydale Road
Birmingham, AL 35242

ALDOT needs to hear from people who are concerned about this, if not, the agency can conclude that the public has no significant environmental concerns.  We all need to attend these public meetings, learn more, and send in comments to ALDOT if we see the potential for significant impacts associated with this proposal. Comments are due by October 21 to Ms. Geneva Brown at or: 

Mr. DeJarvis Leonard, PE
Attn: Ms. Geneva Brown
East Central Region, Alabama Department of Transportation
PO Box 2745
Birmingham, AL 35202-2745

Links for more info on the project: 

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With your help, this has been a fruitful year for the Cahaba River Society, full of hope and increasing support for your Cahaba River! CRS is a small and strong organization that multiplies our impact through our partners and members. We thank you all!


Learn more in this annual report about the progress we can celebrate together,

the challenges and opportunities ahead, and the fun,

rewarding ways you can help save the Cahaba.

For information about the Waters Of The U.S. (WOTUS), and to read CRS’s comments on it, please go HERE.

Please see Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s efforts to stop Shepherd Bend Mine HERE.
Read CRS’s comments on Shepherd Bend Mine HERE.

For information on Jefferson County Sewer overflows in your community, visit the Jefferson County Sanitary Sewer Overflow Advisories Page.

To report a problem, please contact CRS at (205) 322-5326, and we’ll gladly assist.

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