URGENT ~ TAKE ACTION TO SAVE YOUR DRINKING WATER!
ALDOT IS STUDYING A ROAD TO BRING HIGHWAY 280 CUT-THROUGH TRAFFIC ACROSS LANDS THAT PROTECT OUR DRINKING WATER.
“NO BUILD” is an alternative–ALDOT wants to hear from you.
Public Meeting & Comment
ALDOT is inviting public review and comment on Shelby County’s proposal to open this area up to traffic and development, by spending from $10 million to over $20 million of public money to realign and pave the road and a build a new 2-lane bridge.
ALDOT is studying 4 alternatives – “No Build” and 3 different road alignments.
“NO BUILD” is an alternative!
A PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT MEETING will be OCTOBER 17, 5:00 – 7:00 pm ~ see the maps, talk to the project team, ask questions, give comments at Liberty Park Middle School – Cafeteria ~ 17035 Liberty Parkway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35242.
Send your written comments to ALDOT by NOV. 1, 2017 to:
Mr. DeJarvis Leonard, P.E. Region Engineer
Alabama Department of Transportation – East Central Region
P.O. Box 2745, Birmingham, Alabama 35202-2745
Attn: Mrs. Sandra F. P. Bonner
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Forested lands around the Little Cahaba River help protect our drinking water as it comes from Lake Purdy to the Cahaba River and our drinking water intakes. Much of the land is owned by the Birmingham Water Works, bought with ratepayer money to protect our water.
This is one of the last healthy tributaries of the River, with diverse, imperiled freshwater wildlife, and an outdoor classroom for CLEAN environmental education field trips.
The only road through the area is Cahaba Beach Road, which has been closed to through traffic for 25 years or more. This is a partly dirt and partly paved one lane road with a historic, closed iron bridge, between Highway 280 near Home Depot and Sicard Hollow Road behind Liberty Park.
Cahaba River Society has called for an in-depth environmental study and has grave concerns about the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of a major road and spin-off Highway 280-related development in such a vulnerable part of our drinking water source and this special watershed.
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?”
WATCH this website and member action alerts for CRS’ position & comments. Contact Field Director Randy Haddock at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.