Roadscapes: The Stupid 22nd Street North New Traffic Pattern From ALDOT


I’m just going to file this under the stupidity category.  On May 31st, ALDOT closed down the 17th Street North exit along I-20 East / I-59 North in downtown Birmingham.  The ramp is now closed so it can be torn down and the new ramps built in the whole I-20/59 Bridge project.  Okay, we all knew this was coming, but what ALDOT did next is one of the craziest things I have seen from any DOT in this country.

They are now forcing all traffic on I-20/59 to exit at the 22nd Street North exit to get into downtown Birmingham.  If you are coming down 22nd Street North from the BJCC, you are no longer able to go under the Interstate and must turn either left or right at 9th Avenue North.

From ABC 33/40.

That’s not even the crazy part, the stupid part comes after you exit the Interstate onto the street.  From the Interstate to the 8th Avenue North, or the Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., you are forced to stay in either side of two lanes with barriers going down the middle of the street.

From Google Maps

From ABC 33/40.

You can imagine what this has caused.  Traffic getting off going South or West must go either straight or left.  Going North or East, traffic must go either straight or right at Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.  Does ALDOT really think traffic will follow the new traffic pattern and not see cars crossing over to turn right over an lane going straight or a car turning left crossing over to turn left over an lane going straight?  ABC 33/40 reporter Lauren Walsh caught multiple cars in a very short time crossing over that barrier and turning left or right and crossing lanes where cars can go straight.

And while Lauren Walsh was doing a live shot on the ABC 33/40 News, in only 15 seconds you saw two cars turning right and crossing an lane where cars going straight are doing so. (photos below from ABC 33/40)

 

So, does ALDOT love drivers getting into accidents or something.  This is one of the worst designs I have ever seen.  ALDOT did this because they did not want traffic backing up onto the Interstate.  But when I watched the liveshots today on ABC 33/40, traffic did not back up that much and I wonder why the traffic light at the bottom of the ramp was even turned off?

Okay, if you insist in keeping this horrible design that is going to get people injured and in wrecks, you could set up the traffic lights just like the end of Interstate 359 in Tuscaloosa.  Where the three lanes from the highway get a green light to make any turns, then the on ramp gets the green light to make any turns.

From Google Maps.

At the end of the day, this horrible and stupid design along 22nd Street North in Birmingham is not going to work, even if you put up all the signs and lane markings in the world to tell drivers which directions they can go.  Drivers are going to take the shortest and fastest route they can to get to their destination.  They are NOT going to loop around several city blocks and waste time because ALDOT designed something stupid.  You will continue to see cars cutting across lanes to turn left and right where cars can go straight, and accidents are going to happen!  Get this fixed, and now!

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Pictures And Video From The 2017 Do Dah Day Parade


Another event I covered was the 2017 Do Dah Day Parade.  This year the parade was smaller than I remember.  Do Dah Day started as a small party but it has grown through the years for all animal lovers to enjoy.  Do Dah Day is Birmingham’s oldest event and sees people from around the country converge on Rhodes and Caldwell Parks to enjoy fun, food, and music with their pets!  This event benefits the Greater Birmingham Humane Society and The Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation.

Below are a video and photos from the event, learn more at: https://www.dodahday.org/

You can also find photos on the Geek Alabama Facebook page, Google Photos, and on Flickr too!

Videos can be found on the Nathan Young (Geek Alabama) YouTube channel and most videos can be found on the Geek Alabama Facebook page too!

See Pictures Of The Downtown Birmingham Christmas Landscape


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So, at the end of covering all the events in the Birmingham Metro.  I went to the top of a parking garage, and took some photos of the downtown landscape.  I also stopped by and took a few photos of the Christmas tree at Lynn Park in Birmingham.  Enjoy!

The downtown Birmingham Christmas tree.

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Learn How You Can Ice Skate In Railroad Park In Brrrmingham


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In Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham, if you enjoy the cold and Winter season, like I do, you can lace up some skates and enjoy the downtown high-rise buildings on an ice skating rink!  That’s right, an ice skating rink!  Birmingham has turned into Brrrmingham!

Open through January 16th, the 50′ x 70′ outdoor rink is located on Railroad Park’s 17th Street Plaza for all to enjoy. The rink is open seven days a week, including Christmas and New Years. The Boxcar is fully stocked with hot chocolate and other cold weather fare. Railroad Park is also hosting birthday parties, holiday parties, and corporate gatherings at the rink.

The park will also host different theme nights open to the public, including “Tacky Sweater Night,” “UAB Blazer Night,” “Neon Night,” etc.  Tickets are $10 per person for a 2 hour session on the rink including the skate rental!  Two hour sessions begin at 11 am on weekdays and 10 am on Friday and Saturday.

Here is a short video and pictures I took at the rink.  No, I don’t know how to skate and will not risk falling over multiple times!  Learn more at: http://railroadpark.org/iceskating.php

Ice skating at Railroad Park, it's Brrrrmingham tonight!

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Pictures From The Birmingham Zoo Zoolight Safari 2016


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Each Christmas season, the Birmingham Zoo puts on their own Christmas light show called Zoolight Safari.  There are over one million lights at the zoo, and you can enjoy a ride on the zoo train, slide down a 100 foot Yuletide Slide, ride the Santa Rollers, and enjoy some music and entertainment.

Below are pictures from the event I took!  The lights are on from 5-9 pm during weekends before and after Christmas.  Learn more at: https://www.birminghamzoo.com