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Interstate 59/20 through downtown Birmingham will be closed beginning January 2019 for 14 months. The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) encourages drivers to take Interstate 459 as a bypass until I-59/20 opens back up to the public. For many of our patients, this means you will need to take an alternate route to arrive at Children’s of Alabama. Traffic from I-59/20 westbound (from Atlanta/Gadsden) will detour to exit at Carraway Boulevard and take Finley Boulevard around the city, either to Interstate 65 at the Finley exit or to get on I-59/20 at the Arkadelphia Road exit. Westbound drivers wishing to enter downtown can take the 25th Street exit or exit onto the Red Mountain Expressway. Those exits are expected to remain open, though some temporary closures will be required. Eastbound traffic (from Tuscaloosa/Bessemer) will detour to the Arkadelphia Road exit to Finley Boulevard to Carraway Boulevard, where they can get back on the interstate. Eastbound drivers wishing to enter the city can still use the 17th Street North exit, or take I-65 South to 4th Avenue South. ALDOT will post updates throughout construction at https://5920bridge.com.