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Project to develop area beneath new interstate in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Work has begun on a $34 million project to develop a nearly mile-long area beneath an elevated interstate highway through Birmingham with attractions that include spaces for performances and recreation.

City Walk BHAM will be located under Interstate 59/20, which was recently rebuilt and lies between the main downtown area and the city’s civic center, indoor arena and new football stadium, which is opening this fall.

Construction began recently, and officials hope the project will be done by July 2022, when Birmingham will host the World Games, an international sporting event.

The project will cover the length of 10 city blocks. Plans include areas for markets, sports fields, green spaces, a dog park, a skate park, performances and food trucks.

The Birmingham-based Brasfield and Gorrie is the main contractor working on the project.

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