- Road & Sidewalk Projects
- Emergency Road Closures
- Planning Projects
- Infrastructure & Community Spaces Plan
Road & Sidewalk Projects
- ** WATER OUTAGE NOTICE ** The Birmingham Water Works is planning a major service interruption for Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Click to view map of work area. Customers located within the borders of the red outline on this map will be without water service from 8am-8pm (approximate times) on the day of the outage. Please note that the outage may begin before 8am and may extend past 8pm. This outage affects not only homes in the area, but also fire hydrants. Please know that the Vestavia Hills Fire Department WILL have access to alternate fire hydrants should there be a fire during the outage time. Each truck carries 1,500 ft of fire hose and, although it may be farther than normal, their hoses will reach a working hydrant. There will be additional fire engines at the Morgan Drive station in preparation of this outage. As always, VHFD & VHPD will be available should you require assistance.
- Cahaba Heights Road – Survey and preliminary layout of sidewalk project is complete. We anticipate moving forward with design plans soon. Click to view map of proposed sidewalk.
- Cahaba River Road – Jefferson County is moving forward with widening along Cahaba River Road at Blue Lake/Healthy Way and Timberlake intersections, anticipated to begin around May 1. This will be completed as part of the roadway resurfacing project.
- East Street – Survey and preliminary layout of sidewalk project is complete. We anticipate moving forward with design plans soon. Click to view map of proposed sidewalk.
- Green Valley Road – Installation of new sidewalk along a section of Green Valley Road and Asbury Road in Cahaba Heights is underway. A new 3-way stop will be installed Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (weather permitting) to incorporate the sidewalk crosswalk at the intersection of Green Valley Road and Dolly Ridge Road. PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS NEW STOP SIGN! Click to view project map.
- Highway 31 (near 502 Montgomery Highway) – ALDOT started a project April 15, 2019 to place new drainage pipe along the edge of Highway 31 near 502 Montgomery Highway. The majority of this work is complete; awaiting utility work so that final grading and landscaping can be finalized.
- Liberty Park Pedestrian Tunnel – Project bids have been received, but the project costs are substantially higher than the budgeted amount. Therefore, securing additional funding is anticipated in May.
- Liberty Parkway & South Liberty Road – Construction of new roundabout began mid-April. A temporary detour route to South Liberty Road has been provided through the new development via Iron Drive and Lime Street. The intersection of Liberty Parkway and Founders Drive – previously a 3-way stop – will be become a 4-way stop intersection during this phase of construction. Work is anticipated to last approximately 6 weeks. Click here for project map.
- Massey Road – This is an ALDOT-funded project – they control timeframe, awarding contract, etc. The City of Vestavia Hills is responsible for providing design services (through our consultant) and the design drawings to meet all ALDOT requirements. Plans have been resubmitted to ALDOT and we are awaiting comments following their March 12, 2019 Plan Review meeting. The City will address their comments and resubmit edited plans as quickly as possible. If there are no changes to the timeline, ALDOT will schedule construction to begin spring 2020. In the interim, the City is scheduling some drainage pipe improvements and some asphalt patching along the roadway.
- Montreat Condominium Area – Asphalt work is complete; awaiting final striping in some areas. (Incomplete due to contractor delays.)
- Mountain View Drive – Survey and preliminary layout of sidewalk project is complete. We anticipate moving forward with design plans soon. Click to view map of proposed sidewalk.
- Overton Road at Liberty Parkway – Work consists of widening this section of Overton Road to accommodate a continuous 4-lane roadway from Liberty Parkway to the I-459 Access Road. Roadway construction is anticipated to be ongoing through summer 2019. (Additional work along Liberty Parkway near South Liberty Road is ongoing and includes construction of a new roundabout.) Click here for project map. For information regarding the road dedication, including a map of the dedicated roads and other FAQ’s, click Liberty Park road dedication.
- Overton Road (near Crosshaven & Oakdale Drives) – Portions of Overton Road within City of Vestavia Hills municipal limits are being repaved, with asphalt completion planned for May 3. Milling work has begun on portions near Crosshaven and Oakdale Drives. Drivers should anticipate single lane closures between 8:30am and 4 pm.
- Pedestrian Bridge – The City of Vestavia Hills, in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), is in the preliminary design phase for the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Highway 31 (SR-3) in the City of Vestavia Hills at Wald Park and the Vestavia Hills Public Library. Design consultants presented information on the project during the April 8, 2019 City Council meeting and ALDOT approval is anticipated in the upcoming months. Click to view the conceptual design and location map.
- Pine Crest Drive; Canyon Creek Lane; Indian Hill Road; Post Oak Road & Highfield Drive – Roadway paving activities are complete; awaiting final striping in some areas.
- Rocky Ridge Road/Dolly Ridge Road – Survey and preliminary layout of sidewalk project is complete. We anticipate moving forward with design plans soon. Click to view map of proposed sidewalk.
- Shades Crest Road – To continue to serve you with the safest, most reliable energy available, Spire continues to upgrade pipelines along Shades Crest Road. This is a slow-moving project due to the amount of rock in the area, but work is progressing. The project is 60% percent complete and the goal is to complete the project by the end of September 2019. Crews will continue to work weekdays from 8:30am- 4pm, and some Saturdays starting at 9am. For safety and efficiency, lane closures in the immediate work area will be required during these hours. While work hours have been adjusted to minimize traffic congestion, this is a heavily travelled road and delays should be expected. Officers will be managing traffic during the lane closures to assure that traffic flows as smoothly as possible. This is a long-term project where work has been conducted in phases so that only one area of the roadway is affected at any given time. Paving of Shades Crest Road is anticipated beginning summer/early fall 2019. This is a Jefferson County through road and, as such, final scheduling is dependent upon the Jefferson County paving schedule. The City will continue to push for completion of the road paving immediately upon completion of the Spire project. In the interim, Jefferson County recently completed several pothole repairs. Spire project information & Spire project map
- Southwood/Sunset area – Paving work is complete; awaiting final striping in some areas.
- 2018 Paving List & 2018 3-Year Paving Schedule – The 2018 Paving Schedule is a potential 3-year plan for paving poorly rated roads. Roads highlighted in red are potentially the first to be paved; then orange; then yellow. Roads highlighted in pink will be paved in conjunction with Spire upon completion of their gas pipeline improvement project.
- Click to view the 2016 Sidewalk Master Plan
Emergency Road Closures
CLOSED: None. All Vestavia Hills roads are open.
Be sure to follow Vestavia Hills Police and Fire on social media for up-to-the-minute, accurate information:
VHFD – Facebook: @VestaviaHillsFire
VHPD – Facebook: @VestaviaHillsPolice; Twitter: @VHPD1032
Report emergencies by calling 911. Non-emergencies can be reported by calling VHPD at 205.823.1153. Downed trees, downed power lines or other hazardous road conditions can be reported via the Action Center app or by visiting https://bit.ly/VHActionCenter. Your report will be immediately routed to the appropriate first responder.
Report a power outage by calling Alabama Power at 800.888.2726.
- APPLE Intersection Project / Potential Study Intersections –
(Click here for the map of Potential Study Intersections)
- Dolly Ridge Road & Rocky Ridge Road (Jeff Co) – currently signalized; review signal operations and potential turn lane additions
- Sicard Hollow Road & Blue Lake Drive (Jeff Co/Bham) – not currently signalized; review for safety, operational and sight line improvements
- Shades Crest/Rocky Ridge Road/U.S. Highway 280 (Jeff Co/ALDOT) – currently signalized and coordinated with U.S. 280 system; capacity analysis
- Highway 31 & Shades Crest Road (ALDOT/Jeff Co) – currently signalized; review signal operations and potential turn lane additions
- Highway 31 & Columbiana Road (ALDOT/Jeff Co) – currently signalized; review signal operations and operational improvements
- Highway 31/Old Creek Trail/Leona Way (ALDOT) – currently signalized; review signal operations, operational improvements with access management
- Columbiana Road & Shades Crest/Vestaview (Jeff Co) – currently signalized; pedestrian access
- Highway 31/City Hall/Sprouts (ALDOT/Jeff Co) – currently signalized; pedestrian access
- Highway 31/Pizitz Drive (ALDOT/Jeff Co) – currently signalized; pedestrian access
- River Run Drive & River Run Trail (Jeff Co/Bham) – not signalized; analysis for need to add 3‐way stop or other means of traffic control
- Jacobs Road & Massey Road (City of Vestavia Hills) – not signalized; review safety and sight line improvements, right‐of‐way constraints
- Acton Road APPLE Grant (Feasibility Study) – in design phase
- Wald Park Master Plan – awaiting Community Spaces Plan approval by Council
- Crosshaven APPLE grant – for more information, visit Crosshaven Drive Corridor Study
- East Street Analysis and Planning – for more information, visit East Street Data Collection Summary
Infrastructure & Community Spaces Plan
A Comprehensive Plan
The Infrastructure & Community Spaces Plan is a comprehensive proposal for improvements to a broad range of activities throughout the City of Vestavia Hills. This plan was initially based on the strategic drivers established in the 2015 Recreation and Athletics Master Plan:
- Reposition quality of life assets to reflect the Vestavia Hills brand and effectively recruit and retain families
- Elevate the quality of existing facilities to comprehensively serve the recreational interests of all members of the community regardless of age
- Increase the capacity of City athletic facilities to ensure that Vestavia Hills youth sports programs deliver a high impact and consistent experience that result in the athletic and personal development of all participants
The plan has since been expanded to include not only recreational facilities, but also community infrastructure improvements.
During a series of public meetings, stakeholders were encouraged to complete surveys for each of the proposed Infrastructure & Community Spaces Plan components. Upon completion of stakeholder meetings, along with input from various City staff and boards, TCU presented their suggestions during the January 18-19, 2018 Council work session. Specifics for each area of improvement can be accessed at TCU Community Spaces Plan. Citizens and stakeholders are encouraged to comment on the plan components by clicking on “Community Spaces Plan questions and comments” at https://vhal.org/vestavia-hills-listens/. Following is a summary of the major plan components and the estimated cost for each:
Road Capacity & Sidewalk Improvement Project: $4,611,000
- Crosshaven Drive
Sidewalk Installation: $2,500,000
- East Street; Cahaba Heights Road, Commercial Area Connectivity; and Rocky Ridge Road, Commercial Area Connectivity
Road Paving: $2,200,000
- 20 miles of poorly rated streets
Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements: $550,000
Refinance Gold’s Gym Property: $8,900,000
Community Spaces Plan Implementation:
- Wald Park $15,429,766
- Cahaba Heights $7,398,815
- Community Building $15,270,390
- New Merkel House $500,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $57,359,971
- March 12, 2019: City Manager Jeff Downes presented an update on the Infrastructure & Community Spaces Plan at the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Click HERE to view the presentation.
- February 4, 2019: The Wald Park, Cahaba Heights Athletic Fields and Community Building projects have moved into the Design Development stage. Design drawings/renderings for these projects were presented during the City Council Work Session by representatives from Williams Blackstock Architects. Click HERE to view/download the full presentation.
- October 15, 2018: Design considerations for the Cahaba Heights Athletic Fields and the Community Building were presented and discussed during the City Council work session.
- September 24, 2018: Ordinance Number 2801 – an Ordinance accepting a bid for the Wald Park Initial Site Package – was approved by unanimous vote of the City Council. Site work at Wald Park will commence this week.
- September 17, 2018: Design considerations for Wald Park were presented and discussed during the City Council work session.
- August 20, 2018: TCU CSP Projects Report – July 2018 presented during City Council work session
- May 14, 2018: The corporate office of Gold’s Gym initiated conversations to reach an agreement for the early termination of the lease contract on property located at 1090 Montgomery Highway, effective June 30, 2018, with a termination payment to the City of Vestavia Hills in the amount of $510,000. The Mayor and City Council approved Resolution 5051, authorizing the City Manager to execute and deliver this full and final settlement agreement, release and lease termination for the Gold’s Gym property. As a part of the Community Spaces Plan, Gold’s Gym will become the new Community Building and will have nearly 90,000-sf of space for people of all ages to utilize for senior programming, arts & crafts, dances, basketball games, etc. This Community Building is just a small part of the overall plan to renovate and replace aging infrastructure and facilities city-wide.
- April 16, 2018: The City of Vestavia Hills has been awarded a grant from ALDOT (TAP 2018) for $280,000. The grant’s purpose is to construct a sidewalk/trail connection from Gold’s Gym to Wald Park. For additional details of the grant application, along with Governor Ivey’s award letter, visit TAP Grant – Sidewalk Connector. This grant furthers efforts to fully integrate City facilities along Highway 31.
- April 9, 2018: The City Council voted to approve 1% sales tax and 3% lodging tax increases. To access meeting minutes or to view the archived meeting video, visit Current Agendas & Agenda Packet.
- April 3, 2018: Town Hall Meeting Presentation
- January 18, 2018: TCU CSP Plan
- June 12, 2017: City Council approved Resolution 4951 authorizing the Mayor and City Manager to execute and deliver a contract for the implementation stage of the Community Spaces Plan for a program manager (TCU).
- TCU Consulting Services, the program management firm hired by the City, conducted a series of public meetings over the course of many months in 2017 to gather stakeholder input. Click to view any of the archived Meeting Videos. Be sure to click “VIDEOS” in the menu at the top of the page and enter username: email@example.com; password: VestaviaHills1032
- Introduction to the Community Spaces Plan, Tommy Dazzio 2016
- Printable version of this Executive Summary
- Video of Town Hall Meeting kick-off November 15, 2016
- Community Spaces Plan Presentation PowerPoint November, 2016
- 2015 Recreation and Athletics Master Plan
- More Parks and Recreation Studies and Assessments
- Organizational Meeting Minutes
- Community Spaces Plan November 2016 presentation