Signs of change: traffic woes on 280

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- Two of the most depressing signs for Birmingham drivers, are a Highway 280 sign and a road construction one.  Coupled together they form a disheartening drive.  As you enter the 280 corridor from Birmingham, you may notice another sign. Ann Sanders, who is the landlord for the buildings housing Wendy’s, Hampton Inn, and the Mountain Brook Plaza 280, has placed a sign that begs Governor Robert Bentley not to take down the traffic light at the intersection by her properties.  “This is going to change the livelihood of a lot of people who live and work in the 280 corridor,” says Sanders.

The $15.6 million 280 construction project calls for the traffic light to be taken down, replaced by U-turn intersections. Sanders believers driver, wanting to avoid the inconvenience and hassle, will simply go further down 280 for their needs, adding, ”Jobs will be lost when businesses lose their revenue.”

Sanders says she’s spoken with representatives from ALDOT, who’ve said the plan won’t change. She accepts that fact, but plans to keep the signs up as a silent protest.  “The fight is over. They won, I lost; but, it was not because I did not care about the businesses, [or that] I didn’t care about the safety of the citizens, or the people who are going to lose value in their property.”

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