Construction begins on the first segment of Birmingham Northern Beltline

Article from ABC 33/40 News 

By Sumner Harrell

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) announced Friday construction has begun to complete the first section of the Birmingham Northern Beltline.

ALDOT said 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 the project was awarded to McInnis Construction of Summerdale, for $64.7 million.

ALDOT said 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.

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