The I-65/US 31 Mobility Matters Project (MMP) is a plan that proposes both transit and highway improvements to address the existing and emerging transportation system issues associated with this strategic south-central corridor of metropolitan Birmingham. This website provides information about the project, which was completed in 2012. Final documents can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:
- Executive Summary – I-65_US31_Mobility-Matters_ExecSum-Nov2013
- Alternatives Evaluation – Post-Tier 2 Alt Evaluation Final Report 062712
- Traffic Impacts Assessment – Traffic Impacts Assessment Final Report 062612-op
- HOV Concept Drawings (Appendix A of Traffic Impacts report) – HOV_Lane-Concept-Drawings_June2012
- Environmental Report – Environmental Final Technical Memo – Main Report – 083012
- Magic 65 Final Report – MAGIC 65 Final Report
- Study Location – Study Location Map Color 072208
The I-65/US 31 MMP is a plan that proposes both transit and highway improvements to address the existing and emerging transportation system issues associated with this strategic south-central corridor of metropolitan Birmingham. Traffic conditions in the study corridor on I-65 and US 31 are congested and are expected to become more severe in the years to come. Also, existing public transit service in the project corridor primarily consists of a limited number of bus routes that have lengthy headways (time between buses). Mobility has become increasingly difficult and time consuming for commuters using I‑65 and other routes within the study corridor. Therefore, both transit improvements and highway improvements are proposed in order to increase mobility in the I-65/US 31 corridor.
The MMP study area involved two existing roadways, Interstate 65 and US Highway 31, which run parallel, north-south, to each other through the cities Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Homewood and Birmingham in Jefferson and Shelby Counties. Proposed alternatives also involved Columbiana Road and Green Springs Highway located parallel to I-65 between US 31 and University Boulevard. I-65 was studied from Valleydale Road (CR 17) in Shelby County north to I-20/I-59 in Jefferson County, for a total project length of 13 miles.