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The Proposed Northern Beltline:
Not a “Done Deal” or a Good Idea

Northern Beltline Facts (including maps):
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/Northern%20Beltline%20Facts_with%20Maps_3.4.14.pdf

Petition to Governor Bentley: Stop the Northern Beltline
http://signon.org/sign/governor-bentley-stop-1


Press Releases

SELC and Black Warrior Riverkeeper Challenge Flawed Northern Beltline Permit (10/25/13)
http://blackwarriorriver.org/news/new-lawsuit-challenges-flawed-northern-beltline-permit.html

The Northern Beltline: Still Not a Done Deal or a Good Idea (10/4/13)
http://blackwarriorriver.org/news/northern-beltline-still-not-a-done-deal.html

Groups ask Metropolitan Planning Organization to remove Northern Beltline from funding plan (10/9/12)
http://blackwarriorriver.org/news/groups-ask-mpo-to-remove-northern-beltline-from-funding-plan.html


Latest ALDOT study of Northern Beltline misses the mark, environmentalists say in court papers (5/1/12)
http://blackwarriorriver.org/news/latest-aldot-northern-beltline-study-misses-the-mark.html


Groups Urge Army Corps To Reject Flawed Northern Beltline Permit
(11/14/11)
http://blackwarriorriver.org/news/groups-urge-corps-to-reject-flawed-northern-beltline-permit.html


Groups Urge MPO to Drop Northern Beltline from Local Transportation Plan
(8/9/11)
http://blackwarriorriver.org/news/groups-ask-mpo-to-drop-northern-beltline-from-plan.html

Groups Sue ALDOT for Flawed Environmental Study on Northern Beltline
(4/11/11)
http://blackwarriorriver.org/news/northern-beltline-lawsuit.html


Maps


The highway will cross and permanently alter Black Warrior and Cahaba river tributaries in 90 places (including impacts to two major sources of drinking water). It will destroy 35 wetlands and 3,078 football fields’ worth of forest. Click for a larger version:
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/images/NB.Aquatic-Impacts.MAP_12.11.13.jpg


Birmingham Area Transportation Projects Competing with Beltline for Funds. Click for a larger version: http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/images/posterMAP_NorthernBeltline_CompetingFunds.jpg


Proposed Northern Beltline Route in Jefferson County, AL (SELC - 4/12/11)
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/2011-04-12%20NB%20route.pdf


Birmingham Area Transportation Projects Competing with Beltline for Funds
(SELC - 9/25/12)
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/images/posterMAP_NorthernBeltline_CompetingFunds.jpg


Existing Jefferson County Sewer Infrastructure Juxtaposed with Northern Beltline
(4/17/12)

http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/images/northern_beltline_bham_sewers.SELC_4.17.12.jpg

Proposed Route Map
(Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham - 2011)
http://www.birminghamcomprehensiveplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/48_ProposedBeltlineRoute_LowRes.pdf


Large Landowners Along the Beltline
(Birmingham News - 12/13/09)
http://media.al.com/bn/other/1213BELTPROP.pdf


Projected Jefferson County Population Growth
(Birmingham News - 12/13/09)
http://media.al.com/bn/other/1213BELTPOPU.pdf

Documents

Resolution by Indian Springs, Ala opposing the Northern Beltline (5/7/2013)
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/IndianSpringsNorthernBeltlineResolution.pdf

EPA “B Letter” to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(9/11/12)
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/BirminghamNorthernBeltline_SAM-2011-01079_EPA.B-ltr_9.11.12.pdf


EPA “A Letter” to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(8/17/12)
http://blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/BirminghamNorthernBeltline_SAM-2011-01079_A-ltr.pdf


Northern Beltline Myth vs. Fact
(8/13/12)
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/NorthernBeltlineMythVsFact.pdf

Click for larger view: http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/images/ochs_cover.jpg

If You Build It, Will They Come? Reassessing the Economic Impacts of the Northern Beltline Project (Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies - 6/19/12)
http://www.southernenvironment.org/publications/


Scientific Review of the Northern Beltline's Final Environmental Impact Statement Reevaluation
(Cahaba River Society - 6/20/12)
http://www.cahabariversociety.org/programs/roads-and-sewers/scientific-review-of-the-final-environmental-impact-statement-reevaluation/


ALDOT "Summary of Preliminary Analysis" of their 1997 Final Environmental Impact Statement
(9/19/11)
http://aldotapps.dot.state.al.us/BNB/


The public was invited to submit public comments to ALDOT through 10/14/11. Southern Environmental Law Center submitted these comments on behalf of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Additionally, among the many other comments submitted in opposition to the current Beltline plan, see these from SOURCE and Cahaba Riverkeeper.

Public Comments on the Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization’s FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
(SELC on behalf of BWRk - 8/9/11)
http://www.southernenvironment.org/uploads/fck/file/northern_beltline/2011-08-09_SELC,BWRK_comments_on_MPO_TIP%281%29.pdf


Repair Priorities: Transportation spending strategies to save taxpayer dollars and improve roads
- Smart Growth America (June 2011)
http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/repair-priorities


Smart Transportation: Save Money and Grow the Economy
- Smart Growth America (June 2011)
http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/documents/smart-transportation-alabama.pdf


The chosen 52 mile Northern Beltline route is opposed by the EPA due to its extensive environmental impact. The following letters relay EPA's stance that it is the most environmentally destructive of the 7 considered routes:

- 1997 EPA letter: http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/EPA%20Comment%20Letter%209-08-97.pdf

- 1995 EPA letter: http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/USEPA%20Comment%20Letter%207-08-95.pdf


General Beltline Info


ALDOT's corrected website about the Northern Beltline
http://aldotapps.dot.state.al.us/BNB/


RPCGB
(Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham)
http://www.rpcgb.org/news/transportation-projects/northern-beltline/


Northern Beltline

http://www.bhamwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Northern_Beltline


Corridor X-1

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Northern_Beltline


SELC
(Southern Environmental Law Center)
http://www.southernenvironment.org/cases/northern_beltline


SOURCE (Save Our Unique River, Communities & Environment)

www.sourceonbeltline.org/


Cahaba River Society

http://www.cahabariversociety.org/programs/roads-and-sewers


Media Coverage

Northern Beltline construction scheduled to begin (2/20/2014)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2014/02/northern_beltline_construction.html

More to transportation than simply asphalt and more highways (Opinion from Chervis Isom)
http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/12/more_to_transportation_than_si.html

Northern Beltline under fire (10/29/2013)
http://weldbham.com/blog/2013/10/29/northern-beltline-under-fire/

Black Warrior Riverkeeper challenges Northern Beltline permit in federal lawsuit (10/25/2013)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/10/black_warrior_riverkeeper_chal.html

Politics Drives Road Building in Alabama (Letter on AL.com) (10/11/2013)
www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/10/politics_drives_road_building.html

The Northern Beltline: Still Not a Done Deal or a Good Idea (10/4/2013)
http://bfppressreleases.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-northern-beltline-still-not-done.html

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approves permit for first segment of Northern Beltline (10/1/2013)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/09/us_army_corps_of_engineers_app.html

New cost estimate puts Northern Beltline price at about 5.45 billion (8/20/2013)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/08/new_cost_estimate_puts_norther.html

Bachus: Streamline approval process for Northern Beltline, other projects (7/12/2013)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/07/bachus_streamline_approval_pro.html

The Northern Beltline: A similar Tennessee project raises concerns about ALDOT’s plans (6/19/13)
http://weldbham.com/blog/2013/06/19/the-northern-beltline/

The downtown I-20/59 project deserves state interest (6/18/2013)
http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/06/the_downtown_i-2059_project_de.html

Report: Alabama road conditions cost drivers $530M a year in vehicle repairs (3/20/13)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/03/report_alabama_road_conditions.html
(Alabama road maintenance doesn't get proper funding because the behemoth Beltline steals the majority of dwindling federal funding.)

Northern Beltline debate at the Birmingham City Council (includes video) (3/13/2013)
http://www.cbs42.com/content/localnews/story/Northern-Beltline-Forum/r9Jug2ZwdkOd1GKp6vGsww.cspx

Study: Traffic delays last longer, less predictable and affect weekends (2/7/13)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/02/study_traffic_delays_last_long.html

(When ALDOT can't afford to make substantive changes needed for traffic flow, road maintenance, and safety, the last thing we need is a grossly-overpriced, environmentally-destructive, Northern Beltline which the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham predicted to help traffic flow by a mere 1-3%.)

U.S. keeps building new highways while letting old ones crumble (2/3/2013)
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/02/03/181506/us-keeps-building-new-highways.html

Meet the $4.7 Billion Birmingham Highway Only Cronyism Could Build
(1/28/13)
http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/01/28/meet-the-4-7-billion-birmingham-highway-only-cronyism-could-build/

Northern Beltline is too expensive
(1/25/13)
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/Northern%20Beltline%20is%20too%20expensive_1.25.13.pdf

The Northern Beltline and the lost art of debate (11/15/12)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2012/11/the_northern_beltline_and_the.html


Beltline money could be better spent
(10/17/12)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2012/10/your_view_beltline_money_could.html


Northern Beltline's Era has Long Passed
(10/8/12)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2012/10/opinion_from_gil_rogers_beltin.html


Northern Beltline proponents blast environmental groups over ALDOT lawsuit
(10/1/12)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/10/northern_beltline_proponents_b.html


This McMahon’s no second banana
(9/19/12)
http://weldbham.com/blog/2012/09/19/this-mcmahons-no-second-banana/

EPA questions Northern Beltline proposal
(9/14/12)
http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/news/2012/09/14/epa-questions-northern-beltline-proposal.html


EPA urges Army Corps of Engineers to reject Northern Beltline permit
(9/13/12)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/09/epa_urges_army_corps_of_engine.html


ALDOT to benefit from languishing federal earmarks (8/26/12)
http://blog.al.com/sweethome/2012/08/aldot_to_benefit_from_languish.html


EPA wants more study before it issues construction OK for Birmingham Northern Beltline
(8/22/12)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/08/epa_wants_more_study_before_it.html

Transportation bill eliminates designated source of funding for Northern Beltline, but keeps it on track (7/23/12)
http://blog.al.com/sweethome/2012/07/transportation_bill_eliminates.html


You can be for both business and environment in Alabama (7/19/12)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2012/07/your_view_you_can_be_for_both.html


ALDOT files final permit to begin work on Northern Beltline (7/6/12)
http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/print-edition/2012/07/06/aldot-files-final-permit-to-begin-work.html?page=all


Northern Beltline falls short on economic rewards (7/1/12)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2012/07/view_point_northern_beltline_f.html


Latest report turns thumbs down on Northern Beltline but not all our commenters agree (6/20/12)�
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/06/latest_report_turns_thumbs_dow.html


Report says economic benefits of Birmingham's Northern Beltline exaggerated (6/20/12)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/06/report_says_economic_benefits.html


Study questions economic impact of Northern Beltline (6/19/12)
http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/news/2012/06/19/study-questions-economic-impact-of.html?page=all


Birmingham Water Works to hire economic development director (5/18/12)
http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2012/05/birmingham_water_works_to_hire.html


Northern Beltline will displace longtime property owners (5/9/12)
http://www.myfoxal.com/story/18066490/homeowners-prepare-to-be-displaced-along-the-northern-beltline


Elevated toll road plan for US 280 still up in the air, Alabama DOT chief says (5/8/12)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/05/elevated_toll_road_plan_still.html


Northern Beltline survey saddens residents along path and divides our commenters (5/1/12)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/05/northern_beltline_survey_sadde.html


Environmental groups revise lawsuit concerning Birmingham's Northern Beltline (5/1/12)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/05/environmenal_groups_revise_law.html


Pork money driving Northern Beltline (4/30/12)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2012/04/your_view_pork_money_driving_n.html


Northern Beltline is multimillion-dollar boondoggle (4/28/12)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2012/04/your_view_northern_beltline_is_2.html


More discussion needed about Birmingham's Northern Beltline (4/24/12)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2012/04/your_view_more_discussion_in_n.html


U.S. House Democrats target Northern Beltline as wasteful boondoggle (4/18/12)
http://blog.al.com/sweethome/2012/04/us_house_democrats_target_nort.html


Funding for Alabama's Northern Beltline Uncertain (4/15/12)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/04/funding_for_alabamas_northern.html


Routes for bypassing downtown Birmingham possible, but all come with baggage (4/15/12)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/04/routes_for_bypassing_downtown.html


Questions persist as Northern Beltline construction proceeds (4/15/12)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/04/questions_persist_as_northern.html


[PHOTOS] Ardell Turner Northern Beltline (4/13/12)
http://photos.al.com/birmingham-news/2012/04/ardell_turner_northern_beltlin_9.html


Alabamians love federal pork, especially in form of Northern Beltline (4/6/12)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2012/04/your_view_alabamians_love_fede.html


Feds approve Alabama's environmental evaluation of first leg of Birmingham's Northern Beltline (3/30/12)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/03/feds_approve_alabamas_environm.html


Jefferson County economic development authority seeks more land for development (3/18/12)
http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2012/03/jefferson_county_economic_deve.html


Birmingham Business Alliance carrying wish list to Washington, D.C. (3/6/12)
http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2012/03/birmingham_business_alliance_c_3.html


Tolling the Northern Beltline? Gov. Bentley says maybe, suggests $2 billion roads program (1/18/12)
http://weldbham.com/blog/2012/01/18/tolling-the-northern-beltline-gov-bentley-says-maybe-suggests-2-billion-roads-program/


Birmingham Business Alliance to support beltline, NIH funding in 2012 (12/8/11)
http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2011/12/bba_to_support_beltline_nih_fu.html


Jefferson County's proposed Northern Beltline questions remain unanswered (11/27/11)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2011/11/viewpoints_jefferson_countys_p.html

Environmental groups fight Northern Beltline (11/17/11)
http://www.njeffersonnews.com/local/x1295771261/Environmental-groups-fight-Northern-Beltline


ALDOT and the Northern Beltline (11/17/11)
http://bhamweekly.com/birmingham/print-article-2682-print.html


ALDOT to delay construction of Northern Beltline for in-depth study of route (11/15/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/11/alabama_department_of_transpor_7.html


Birmingham's Northern Beltline will benefit only a small group (10/17/11)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2011/10/your_view_birminghams_northern.html


Northern Beltline hearing produces few local voices (10/5/11)
http://m.blountcountian.com/news/2011-10-05/Front_Page/Northern_Beltline_hearing_produces_few_local_voice.html


Northern Beltline stimulates ... questions (10/2/11)
http://blog.al.com/archiblog/2011/10/northern_beltline_stimulates_q.html

The Northern Beltline, Urban Sprawl and You (9/26/11)

http://macklyons.blogspot.com/2011/09/northern-beltline-urban-sprawl-and-you.html

A Poor Investment for the Environment, Region, and Taxpayers (9/25/11)
http://bhamweekly.com/birmingham/article-2560-northern-beltline.html

Northern Beltline route details released by Alabama Department of Transportation prior to hearings (9/22/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/09/northern_beltline_route_detail.html


Revised Northern beltline plan for metro Birmingham wins little support from commenters (poll) (9/20/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/09/revised_northern_beltline_plan.html


Read ALDOT's full Northern Beltline study (9/19/11)
http://blog.al.com/bn/2011/09/read_aldots_full_northern_belt.html


ALDOT Releases New Study of Birmingham Northern Beltline (9/19/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/09/alabama_department_of_transpor_6.html


Public comment sought on Northern Beltline in 2 hearings (8/31/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/08/public_comment_sought_on_north.html


Alabama Voices: Birmingham beltline cost too high
(8/23/11)

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Birmingham's look at Fort Wayne, Ind., should also show beltlines aren't economic engines
(8/20/11)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2011/08/your_view_birminghams_look_at.html


Alabama fish added to endangered species list (8/10/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/08/post_666.html


Time to put the brakes on the Northern Beltline
(6/23/11)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2011/01/viewpoints_time_to_put_the_bra.html


Is a northern beltline an opportunity to make the same mistake twice? (6/10/11)
http://weldbham.com/secondfront/2011/06/10/is-a-northern-beltline-an-opportunity-to-make-the-same-mistake-twice/


Spinning a Web (6/9/11)

http://www.bwcitypaper.com/Articles-i-2011-06-09-242015.113121-Spinning-a-Web.html

"The deceptive public relations tactics of the Birmingham Business Alliance and the Coalition for Regional Transportation reveal the character of the Northern Beltline’s most ardent supporters."

Beltline splitting family property, or taking it altogether, in northern Jefferson County (4/30/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/04/beltline_splitting_family_prop.html


[RADIO] Downtown Development
(4/28/11)
http://www.wbhm.org/News/2011/beltlinedowntown.html


[RADIO] Environmental Impact (4/27/11)
http://www.wbhm.org/News/2011/beltlineenviro.html


[RADIO] Overview (4/26/11)
http://www.wbhm.org/News/2011/BeltlineOverview.html


Lawsuit to halt metro Birmingham's Northern Beltline reveals deep divides among commenters (4/12/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/04/lawsuit_to_halt_metro_birmingh.html


Black Warrior Riverkeeper Northern Beltline lawsuit asks for halt to work, alternatives (4/12/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/04/black_warrior_riverkeeper_nort.html


Environmental groups sue to block Northern Beltline (4/1/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/04/environmental_groups_sue_to_ov.html


USS Real Estate has benefited from taxpayer benevolence (3/28/11)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2011/03/your_view_uss_real_estate_has.html


Tom Howard of USS Real Estate talks about largest landowner in county (3/20/11)
http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2011/03/on_the_record_tom_howard_of_us.html


Ground should be broken next spring for the first construction phase (3/15/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/03/i-65_to_be_rebuilt_in_hoover_a.html


Costly Northern Beltline benefits big business (2/28/11)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2011/02/your_view_costly_northern_belt.html


Does the new price tag on the Northern Beltline make it too expensive to build?
(2/28/11)

http://blog.al.com/jkennedy/2011/02/joey_kennedy_is_the_new_price.html


OUR VIEW: New higher cost estimate for the Northern Beltline should give region's leaders cause to reassess project to make sure it's the best use of $4.7 billion
(2/28/11)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2011/02/our_view_new_higher_cost_estim.html


Better use for billions than Northern Beltline (2/25/11)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2011/02/your_view_better_use_for_billi.html


Birmingham's Northern Beltline cost estimate soars to $4.7 billion
(2/23/11)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/02/birminghams_northern_beltline.html


OUR VIEW: Alabamians go lobbying for federal transportation dollars -- and rural areas go lacking -- even as Florida's governor says no thanks to billions from Uncle Sam (2/21/11)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2011/02/our_view_alabamians_go_lobbyin.html


No legislative roadblock to Northern Beltline, key Republican lawmaker in Washington promises (2/17/11)
http://blog.al.com/sweethome/2011/02/key_republican_lawmaker_in_was.html


Birmingham Business Alliance plans D.C. trip on key issues (2/8/11)
http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2011/02/birmingham_business_alliance_p_2.html


Time to put the brakes on the Northern Beltline (1/23/11)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2011/01/viewpoints_time_to_put_the_bra.html


Citizens being misled about Northern Beltline
(1/19/11)
http://www.thestclairtimes.com/view/full_story/11062846/article-Letter--Citizens-being-misled-about-Northern-Beltline


Gov.-elect Robert Bentley promises decisive leadership on issues important to Birmingham (12/14/10)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/12/governor-elect_promises_decisi.html

Shelby's not happy about the earmark ban (11/17/10)
http://blog.al.com/sweethome/2010/11/shelbys_not_happy_about_the_ea.html


OUR VIEW: Now comes the hard part as the Birmingham Business Alliance begins building a better seven-county region (9/26/10)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2010/09/our_view_now_comes_the_hard_pa.html

A road to nowhere? (8/12/10)
http://www.bhamweekly.com/birmingham/article-1735-a-road-to-nowhere.html


Group formed only to promote road, not regional transportation (8/7/10)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2010/08/your_views_group_formed_only_t.html


Northern Beltline is not an economic savior (8/1/10)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2010/08/your_views_northern_beltline_i.html

Frustrating to see road juggernaut push along 1960s-style development
(7/31/10)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2010/07/your_views_frustrating_to_see.html


Efficient transit is what we need (7/25/10)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2010/07/viewpoints_efficient_transit_i.html


Beltline to Nowhere
(7/5/10)
http://www.heaviestcorner.org/?p=1028


Northern Beltline study to be released, landowners concerned (6/28/10)
http://www.foxalabamanews.com/2010/06/northern-beltline-study-to-be-released.html


Shelby, Bachus push Northern Beltline project (6/28/10)
http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/stories/2010/06/28/daily7.html


Catching the high-speed rail wave (6/27/10)
http://blog.al.com/elard/2010/06/eddie_lard_catching_the_high-s.html


Don't focus solely on road building (6/20/10)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2010/06/my_view_dont_focus_solely_on_r.html


Plan approved for Jefferson, Shelby road work through 2035 (6/9/10)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/06/plan_for_jefferson_shelby_road.html


OUR VIEW: Before we get too far along in the building of the Northern Beltline, we should have a plan for what type of growth we want (5/16/10)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2010/05/our_view_before_we_get_too_far.html


Birmingham-area plan would drop 40 road projects for lack of funds (4/22/10)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/04/birmingham-area_plan_would_dro.html


Alabama road projects need $4.3 billion (3/26/10)
http://blog.al.com/drivers-side/2010/03/alabama_road_projects_need_43_billion.html


Birmingham Business Alliance's top lawyer talks shop
(2/8/10)
http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2010/02/post_46.html


League of Women Voters hears pros, cons of Northern Beltline for metro Birmingham
(1/28/10)
http://blog.al.com/drivers-side/2010/01/league_of_women_voters_hears_pros_cons_of_northern_beltline_for_metro_birmingham.html


Moving ahead or stuck in traffic
: Birmingham needs transportation system that doesn't rely on cars (1/14/10)
http://www.bhamweekly.com/birmingham/article-1419-moving-ahead-or-stuck-in-traffic.html


Northern Beltline: Questions for ALDOT (1/1/10)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2010/01/your_views_northern_beltline_q.html


Northern Beltline Work Set to Begin
(12/13/09)
blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/12/northern_beltline_work_set_to.html


Northern Beltline debate comes amid calls for delay, study (12/13/09)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-stories/2009/12/northern_beltline_debate_comes.html


First segment of Northern Beltline would connect 2 rural roads (12/13/09)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-stories/2009/12/first_segment_of_northern_belt.html


Northern Beltline's fate hinges on transportation bill in Congress (12/12/09)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-stories/2009/12/northern_beltlines_fate_hinges.html


Critical habitat status eyed for Turkey Creek (12/5/09)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-stories/2009/12/critical_habitat_status_eyed_f.html


New Alabama road projects come to halt
(10/11/09)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/10/new_alabama_road_projects_come.html


Naked Birmingham
(8/20/09)
http://www.bwcitypaper.com/Articles-i-2009-08-20-230997.113121_Naked_Birmingham.html


BLUEPRINT AMERICA - PBS reports on infrastructure:

[VIDEO] Zombie Highways
(8/11/09)

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/blueprintamerica/reports/america-in-gridlock/video-zombie-highways/778/


[VIDEO] Zombie Highways: How to build a Zombie Highway
(8/10/09)

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/blueprintamerica/reports/america-in-gridlock/video-zombie-highways-how-to-build-a-zombie-highway/785/


[VIDEO] Zombie Highways: Highway vs. Nature
(8/10/09)

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/blueprintamerica/reports/america-in-gridlock/video-zombie-highways-highway-vs-nature/796/


[VIDEO] Rep. Jim Oberstar on the transportation bill
(7/22/09)

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/blueprintamerica/reports/america-in-gridlock/interview-rep-jim-oberstar-on-the-transportation-bill/769/


[VIDEO] Overview - America in Gridlock
(10/15/08)

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/blueprintamerica/reports/america-in-gridlock/overview-america-in-gridlock/18/


'Zombie highways,' mass transit failures: PBS 'News Hour' takes look at Birmingham
(8/6/09)
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2009/08/zombie_highways_mass_transit_f.html


Show looks at the Northern Beltline and area mass transit (8/6/09)
http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/metro.ssf?/base/news/1249546532299370.xml&coll=2


Northern Beltline: Money drowns out reason
(5/10/09)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2009/05/your_views_northern_beltline_m.html


U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby pledges federal aid for Northern Beltline project near Birmingham, AL (5/1/09)
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/U.S.%20Sen.%20Richard%20Shelby%20pledges%20federal%20aid%20for%20Northern%20Beltline_5.1.09.pdf


BWWB wants to ensure reliable water supply to meet future demands (2/11/09)
http://www.birminghamwaterworks.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=175&Itemid=88


State Senator Scott Beason on the Northern Beltline (1/20/09)
http://caputoreport.com/2009/01/20/guest-blogger-state-senator-scott-beason-on-the-northern-beltline/

Beltline as it is now envisioned would endanger the Cahaba River (12/19/08)
http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-commentary/2008/12/beltline_as_it_is_now_envision_1.html

Beltline an example of greed (10/26/08)
http://members.greenmediatoolshed.org/sites/default/files/Beltline%20example%20of%20greed%20-%20Bham%20News%20102608.pdf

Those with juice put on squeeze (10/26/08)
http://blog.al.com/archiblog/2008/10/those_with_juice_put_on_squeez.html

Birmingham chamber creates coalition with goal of fast-tracking Northern Beltline
(10/9/08)
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/Birmingham%20chamber%20creates%20coalition_10.9.08.pdf

Northern Beltline Back in the Spotlight
(Alabama Construction News - Fall 2008)
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/AlabamaConstructionNews_NorthernBletline_Fall2008.pdf

Beltline opponents want to save water, resources (12/16/07)
http://blog.al.com/bn/2007/12/beltline_opponents_want_to_sav.html

Mobile Lawsuit will Effect Northern Beltline (12/12/07)
http://www.claynews.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=253&Itemid=2

Dumb and Dumber (11/6/07)
blog.al.com/jdcrowe/2007/11/dumb_and_dumber.html

Regional Transportation Plan Needs Wise Approach (9/9/07)
blog.al.com/bn/2007/09/regional_transportation_plan_n.html

Naked Birmingham
www.bwcitypaper.com/1editorialbody.lasso?-token.folder=2007-09-06&-token.story=201776.112112&-token.subpub=

Playing politics with roads (6/1/05)
http://www.camward.com/news/playing-politics-roads

Sen. Shelby continues to bring home transportation bacon (9/4/03)
http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/stories/2003/09/01/daily22.html

Can’t Get There from Here - or Can We? (FORUM for Applied Research and Policy - Summer 2001)
http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/kulash%20article_Summer2001.pdf

Land rush may ensue when road's route announced this summer (5/13/01)
http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/stories/2001/05/14/focus1.html


Video

[VIDEO] Family at risk of losing farm to Northern Beltline (11/15/12)
http://www.abc3340.com/story/20102248/family-at-risk-of-losing-farm-to-northern-beltline

[VIDEO] EPA puts up roadblock for Northern Beltline project (9/14/12)
http://www.cbs42.com/content/localnews/story/EPA-puts-up-roadblock-for-Northern-Beltline/vpCqb0nzN0mQzyRbyWtToA.cspx

[VIDEO] Bernard and Fay Crawford Have Been Notified That Their Property is in the Proposed Route of the Northern Beltline (4/29/12)
http://videos.al.com/birmingham-news/2012/04/bernard_and_fay_crawford_have.html

[VIDEO] How Northern Beltline will affect Ardell Turner's property (4/15/12)
http://videos.al.com/birmingham-news/2012/04/how_northern_beltline_will_aff.html

[VIDEO] The Road to Nowhere
http://vimeo.com/36051219

[VIDEO] Birmingham's proposed Northern Beltline generates strong opinions (4/20/11)
http://www2.alabamas13.com/news/2011/apr/20/birminghams-proposed-northern-beltine-generates-st-ar-1742759/

[VIDEO] Northern Beltline construction cost jumps to $4.7 billion (2/23/11)
http://www2.alabamas13.com/news/2011/feb/23/northern-beltline-construction-cost-jump-81682-vi-72105/

[VIDEO] Opposition growing for the Northern Beltline project (3/1/11)
http://www2.alabamas13.com/news/2011/mar/01/opposition-growing-northern-beltline-project-ar-1524297/#poll_672

The Fight Against the Northern Beltline (2010)
http://vimeo.com/11473774