Businesses, group raise concerns over ALDOT I 20/59 project

      Business leaders and the group Rethink 20/59 want Alabama{}Department of Transportation{}to change its proposed plan for a bridge replacement project on Interstate 20/59 in Birmingham.

      The $300 million project consists of adding traffic lanes, closing ramps from 17th Street to 31 Street North and making 11th Avenue North a main lane for highway traffic.

      Both{}groups say the project will make it inconvenient for drivers to reach some retailers and businesses.{}One business owner, Betsy Saab of Saab Tire & Automotive, says{}there are about 100 business owners against the closing of the 31st Street North entrance and exit ramp, a main artery for truckers and other industrial businesses.

      ALDOT is scheduled to meet with Birmingham City leaders Wednesday at 4 p.m.

      Stay with ABC 33/40 for more on this developing story.