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Work underway to open first phase of Birmingham Northern Beltline

Governor Kay Ivey behind a podium giving a speech.
Jun 28

The contractor for the Alabama Department of Transportation has begun work to complete the first section of the Birmingham Northern Beltline. This initial phase of construction will be a four-lane highway connecting State Route 79 and State Route 75 in Jefferson County.

In May, the bid to construct this project was awarded to the lowest bidder, McInnis Construction of Summerdale, for $64.7 million. This initial connection, spanning nearly two miles and including bridges, is expected to be completed in late 2026.

When fully completed, the Northern Beltline will be a 52-mile interstate stretching from Interstate 59 in northeast Jefferson County to the I-459 interchange near Bessemer.

More than 40 area cities, three counties and numerous businesses throughout the region have voiced support for the Northern Beltline.