The City of Birmingham closed the Sixth Avenue South bridge (700 block of Sixth Avenue South) and the viaduct at Messer Airport (32nd Street) on Wednesday due to the potential for heavy flooding as Hurricane Sally moved inland.
The closures provided safeguards to motorists and city employees due to the potential for flooding during heavy rains. The Sixth Avenue South bridge is currently undergoing a $2.4 million construction project to remediate flooding.
The city will provide an update when these two locations will reopen based on weather conditions.
Hurricane Sally pummeled southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle after it crossed land Wednesday morning, prompting water rescues, sapping power, dropping trees and leaving serious flooding as it crawls at an agonizingly slow pace.
In addition to the City of Birmingham closures, Department of Public Works employees continue to be proactive in cleaning storm drain inlets and clearing debris from ditches.
The locations public works crews have serviced in the last 24 hours include, but are not limited to:
- 4347 First Avenue South
- Seventh Street and University Boulevard
- Fayette Avenue at 18th Street Southwest
- 501 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
- Goldwire Street and Green Springs Avenue
- Fourth Avenue South and 12th Street to 14th Street
- Third Avenue North
- Fifth Avenue South
- Sixth Street North
- Sixth Avenue South
- 5565 and 5525 13th Avenue South
Anyone wanting to report an area may call 311. Text updates on closed roads can be provided by texting the keyword BHMINFO to 888-777.