20th Street is getting a new look!

Coming soon to downtown Birmingham’s signature street: The long-awaited Birmingham Green Refresh! This page will be updated with new information over the course of the project. If you are a resident, employee or regular visitor on or near 20th Street, please sign up for our email list below to receive regular construction updates in your inbox!

Construction Alert

November 16, 2021 Update: We are in Phase 1 of construction, which involves the northbound lane of 20th Street from Linn Park to 3rd Ave N. This week, the team is working to improve entrances to two alleys—between 4th/5th and between 3rd/4th.  The yellow line in the map below marks Phase 1 footprint, and the two red triangles mark the two alley entrances under construction. Because of this work, the sidewalk from 3rd Ave N to the 3rd/4th alley is closed for approximately two weeks.

Businesses on that block like Charm, Jimmy John’s and Roly Poly are open, and the sidewalks in front of them are open—but you’ll have to access them from the 4th Ave N side.

The team is also still installing hardscape elements like brick crosswalks and sidewalk repairs. Crosswalks are blocked at 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Ave N. 20th Street businesses and most sidewalks are open, but some portions of the sidewalk may be temporarily blocked or narrowed, depending on repair locations.

General Construction Information

Businesses and sidewalks on 20th Street North plan to remain open throughout construction, which is scheduled in four 50-day phases:

  • Phase 1: Northbound lane of 20th Street from 3rd Avenue North to Linn Park
    • WE ARE HERE – Phase 1 began Monday, Oct. 11
  • Phase 2: Southbound lane of 20th Street from Linn Park to 3rd Avenue North
  • Phase 3: Southbound lane of 20th Street from 3rd Avenue North to Morris Avenue
  • Phase 4: Northbound lane of 20th Street from Morris Avenue to 3rd Avenue North

East/west lanes (3rd Ave N, 4th Ave N, 5th Ave N, 6th Ave N, Park Place) of travel will remain open.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in time for Birmingham to welcome international visitors for the World Games 2022. The 20th Street North project stretches from Morris Avenue to Linn Park and includes…

  • expansion of the bike and flex lanes installed on a portion of the street in 2020
  • new native and drought-resistant landscaping, consistent with the plant palette found in Railroad Park and Rotary Trail
  • cafe-style seating

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The Birmingham Green Refresh is managed by the City Center District Management Corporation, which also executes downtown’s successful CAP clean and safe program. The CCDMC partners with REV Birmingham for program delivery.

The CCDMC partnered with REV Birmingham and collaborated with community partners to instigate planning and design for the project. PNC supported pre-development work. Cawaco RC&D donated trees. Landscape design partners Dix Hite + Partners, Golightly Landscape Architecture, Goodwin Mills Cawood, Macknally Land Design, Renta Urban Land Design and Studio A Design contributed pro bono conceptual designs. A demonstration project was completed in the fall of 2020 in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects and supported by Hunter Trees, Shelby General Contractors and Vulcan Materials.


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If you still have questions, you can call REV’s City Center District Manger Rob Buddo at 205-623-0582.