Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Council Approves Roundabout on Blue Lake Drive, Pavilion for Howze-Stanford Park

Birmingham Council member Hunter Williams speaks at Tuesday’s meeting. (2-6-24) (Source: Council’s Facebook livestream)

The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement with neighboring municipalities that will see a roundabout installed on Blue Lake Drive near the Historic Cahaba Pumping Station.

The roundabout will be built where Blue Lake Drive intersects with Cahaba Heights Road and Sicard Hollow Road, just northeast of the intersection of Interstate 459 and U.S. 280.

Council member Hunter Williams thanked the mayor and his administration for their work on moving the project forward.

“I’ve gotten calls on this for six years,” he said. “Everyone wants a traffic light there. … I think that a lot of people that go through that corridor, that live in the city of Birmingham along the Highway 280 corridor, will be very appreciative of this upgrade once it’s finished.”

The agreement will be between the city of Birmingham, Jefferson County and the city of Vestavia Hills, and according to city officials, the project will include the roundabout, installation of roadway lighting, drainage structures and “associated roadway reconfiguration.”

The project will come at no cost to Birmingham, as the county and Vestavia Hills will pay for and bid out the work. Jefferson County will act as the bidding agent and will assume responsibility for the construction.

In other business, the council approved a $151,840 payment to Giffen Recreation Inc. of Pelham to purchase and install a pavilion at Howze-Stanford Park on Avenue D in Pratt City.

Howze-Stanford Park opened in 1969 after more than 40 years of lobbying by its namesakes, Pratt City civic leaders Boaz Howze and James Sanford. Parks and recreation officials had the park as one of 12 slated for closure in 2020, due to budget shortfalls. However, that plan was reworked after pushback from city council members.

To watch a livestream of the council meeting.