The new “Save the Cahaba” tag
is now available! More information HERE
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 email@example.com 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:
- Cahaba River Society Background on Cahaba Beach Road Bridge
- CRS letter to ALDOT and Shelby Co. with questions and concerns about environmental impacts
- Article by 280 Living: “The Roads Less Traveled”
- Article by Birmingham Watch: “A New Little Cahaba Bridge: Will It Open Traffic Route At Cost of Water Quality?”
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.
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.