- Road & Sidewalk Projects
- Emergency Road Closures
- Planning Projects
- Infrastructure & Community Spaces Plan
Road & Sidewalk Projects
Periodic delays should be anticipated in all project areas – please drive with caution. If you have any questions or concerns, contact City of Vestavia Hills Department of Public Services at 205.978.0150.
Cahaba Heights (various areas) – Spire is upgrading pipelines in Cahaba Heights. Spire has started work to upgrade pipelines in Cahaba Heights. Work is anticipated to be ongoing for several months. The project will include sections of Goodwin Street, East Lane, East Street, Cahaba Drive, Hillway Drive, White Oak Drive, Overheights Drive, Mountainside Road, Valley Park Drive, Far Hill Circle and Troy Place. Information about the upgrade project was distributed recently to residents living in the immediate work area. This project requires crews to dig in the streets and, in some cases, yards. Work is scheduled to occur on weekdays, between 7am and 4pm. and traffic control measures are in place to ensure traffic flows as smoothly as possible. Please drive with caution through these work areas. When the project is complete, Spire will completely restore affected streets, yards and landscaping. If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Doss 205.715.3953 or Stacy.Doss@SpireEnergy.com.
Cahaba Heights Road – This sidewalk project is on hold while the City evaluates alternative routes.
Columbiana Road – Gas line relocation is underway and Spire anticipates completion by June 19. Once Spire completes their project, work to complete the entrance to the new Pizitz Middle School is will resume.
Crosshaven Drive – Tortorigi Construction was awarded the contract for this widening project. Installation of signage and preliminary construction work began the week of June 22, 2020. Work is anticipated to continue through spring 2021. Please drive carefully and expect periodic delays in this area.
East Street – James Paving has started tree removal in preparation for sidewalk construction. Drainage improvements and sidewalk work will commence once tree removal is complete. Any East Street residents with questions/concerns may contact City Engineer Christopher Brady at 205.978.0150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click to view map of proposed sidewalk.
Fairhaven Drive – Road closures are anticipated for Poe Drive and Fairhaven Drive beginning Monday, June 22, 2020 between the hours of 7am and 4:30pm to allow for sanitary sewer connections for the Overton Village development. Only one roadway will be closed at any given time. Click to view recommended detour routes.
Highway 31 (Wald Park) – Construction activity on site and along the Wald Park access road will continue through summer 2020. Please be aware of this construction and allow additional travel time.
Massey Road – Right-of-way and utility coordination is ongoing. ALDOT has amended construction schedule to begin summer 2020.
Mountain View Drive Area (Spire) – Spire is working to upgrade pipelines along Vesthaven Way E, Shady Creek Trail, Comer Circle, Comer Place, Comer Drive, Vestavia Lake Drive, Eastwood Place, Lakewood Drive, Rockbridge Road, Lexington Road, Downey Drive, Mountain View Drive and Kentucky Avenue. Work is anticipated to be ongoing for several months. This project requires crews to dig in the streets and, in some cases, yards. Work is scheduled to occur on weekdays, between 7am and 4pm and detours are likely. When the project is complete, Spire will completely restore affected streets, yards and landscaping. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stacy Doss at 205.715.3953 or Stacy.Doss@SpireEnergy.com.
Mountain View Drive – Project bid documents are being prepared with a mid-summer anticipated bid date. Click to view map of proposed sidewalk.
Pedestrian Bridge – Final design approvals to authorize construction have been submitted to ALDOT. Utility relocations are being coordinated, including relocation of a water main and shifting of overhead power lines. Project is expected to bid in summer 2020. The bridge will be across Highway 31 (SR-3) in the vicinity of Wald Park and the Vestavia Hills Public Library. Click to view the conceptual design and location map.
Poe Drive – Kadco construction crews have completed the majority of concrete work and will be working toward backfill of yard areas with individual homeowners. The City is working with asphalt crews to schedule paving work. If you have project-related questions, please contact Charles Kessler 205.999.9881 or City Engineer’s office at 205.978.0150.
Road closures are anticipated for Poe Drive and Fairhaven Drive beginning Monday, June 22, 2020 between the hours of 7am and 4:30pm to allow for sanitary sewer connections for the Overton Village development. Only one roadway will be closed at any given time. Click to view recommended detour routes.
Rocky Ridge Road/Dolly Ridge Road – Design work for this sidewalk project is approximately 90% complete. Click to view map of proposed sidewalk.
Shades Crest Road – Construction crews are beginning work this week to repave Shades Crest Road to tie into the areas already complete as a part of the recent Spire project. Work is anticipated to be ongoing for approximately 4 weeks. Click to view map.
Sicard Hollow Road Pedestrian Tunnel – Work to relocate affected utilities ahead of tunnel construction is underway. Construction will proceed following utility relocation.
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 online). Your report will be immediately routed to the appropriate first responder.
Report a power outage by calling Alabama Power at 800.888.2726.
- Traffic Operations APPLE Study (Phase 1)
- APPLE Potential Intersection Study
- 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
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.
Prior to plan development, stakeholders were invited to attend a series of public engagement meetings, as well as to complete surveys for each of the proposed Plan components. Upon completion of stakeholder meetings, along with input from various City staff and boards, TCU presented their initial 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 program cost for each*:
- Road Capacity & Sidewalk Improvement Project (Crosshaven Drive): $5,033,888
- Sidewalk Installation: $2,500,000
- Road Paving: $2,200,000
- Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements: $550,000
- Refinance Gold’s Gym Property: $8,900,000
- Wald Park $24,369,662
- Cahaba Heights Park $7,390,054
- Community Building $16,326,131
- New Merkel House $864,555
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $68,134,290
*Cost information has been edited as true costs or estimate changes have occurred.
Project Activity & Anticipated Completion Dates
- Aquatic Complex at Wald Park: Various delays due to weather and pandemic shutdowns have delayed the opening of the Aquatic Center at Wald Park. A specific date is not available at this time, but construction crews are working to complete the project so that the facility can open as soon as possible this summer. Substantial completion is anticipated summer 2020.
- Cahaba Heights Park: Ballfields will be complete late June 2020, well in advance of the original summer deadline. The playground and final landscaping are anticipated to be complete by late summer.
- Community Building: The City Council unanimously approved Resolution 5232, acceptance of a bid for the Vestavia Hills Community Center project. Substantial completion of this project is anticipated by fall 2021.
- Crosshaven Drive: The road widening project contract was recently awarded to Tortorigi Construction. Construction activity is anticipated to begin mid- to late-June 2020 and is anticipated to be complete within 255 days.
- New Merkel House: Construction bids were received May 18, 2020 and are being compiled for presentation to the Council for review and award of the project. Substantial completion of this community facility is anticipated by spring 2021.
- Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex AML Grant Project: Work is nearing completion and you will soon be able to enjoy a newly constructed pavilion, along with completed futsal/pickleball courts.
- Wald Park: The baseball complex, including Miracle League field, will be complete this summer; playground completion is anticipated for fall 2020. Completion dates for the tennis courts and dog park are TBD and will be announced as soon as they are available.
- May 28, 2020: The Council unanimously approved Resolution 5246, acceptance of a bid for landscaping at Cahaba Heights Park.
- May 18, 2020: Bid opening for New Merkel House project, including adjacent dog park.
- May 11, 2020: The Council unanimously approved Resolution 5232, acceptance of a bid for the Vestavia Hills Community Center project. The low bidder is Amason & Associates.
- April 13, 2020: The Council reviewed enhanced options for playground equipment at Wald and Cahaba Heights Parks, including the budget required for each option.
Click HERE to view the GameTime slideshow of enhanced options.
Click HERE to view the executive summary, including budget.
- April 2, 2020: Video of Wald Park progress.
- March 30, 2020: City Council voted unanimously to accept a bid for the East Street sidewalk project (Resolution 5230). Council also introduced as new business, a resolution accepting bid for the Crosshaven Drive Improvement Project (Resolution 5231).
- March 2 & 3, 2020: Community meetings were offered for stakeholders to review options and provide input for the playground equipment to be purchased and installed at Wald Park & Cahaba Heights Park.
Click HERE to view the GameTime slideshow of options.
Click HERE to view the video of the March 2 meeting.
- February 17, 2020: The Community Building bid tabulation was discussed at the Council work session. Bid approval will be on the agenda for the Monday, March 9, 2020 Council meeting with a request for unanimous approval. If approved, the next phase of work at the Community Building is TBD. Click HERE to view the bid tab.
- January 29-30, 2020: TCU presented an update to the Community Spaces budget to the Council during the annual Strategic Planning Session. TCU representatives were asked to participate in a special called Council Work Session on February 10, 2020 for the purpose of presenting Community Spaces Plan updates, including detailed information regarding budget overruns.
- November 13, 2019: City Council voted to officially name the Cahaba Heights athletic fields “Cahaba Heights Park.”
- August 26, 2019: Resolution 5183, a resolution accepting a bid for SHAC improvements, was unanimously approved during the regular meeting of the Council. Improvements will be funded by the previously awarded $750,000 Mine Reclamation Grant and will include an extension to the existing trail system, as well as the building of a pavilion and sport courts for futsal and pickleball play. In addition to these base bid items, an alternate bid for $34,000 may be accepted in the future for the building of sand volleyball courts. Click HERE to view a rendering of the proposed SHAC improvements.
A TCU representative presented project updates, which included the following active projects:
– Wald Park: Selective demolition, clearing and mass grading are ongoing. A tremendous amount of earth has been moved in the past months, but the park will soon begin to take shape as crews dig out the pool area, clear and grade the dog park area, etc.
– Cahaba Heights Athletic Fields: Most of the demolition on this job site is complete but there is a small amount of clearing and grading that remains. Safety is always a high-priority, but particularly on this job site given its proximity to VHECH. As such, TCU and City staff are in constant contact with the Board of Education to be sure project status, timelines, etc. are fully communicated.
– Community Building: Project estimating is underway for the construction/renovation of the Community Building. TCU is evaluating all functions of the facility to be sure all programmatic items are included in the estimate and subsequent bid process. Once complete, the estimate will be presented to the Council for review/approval prior to entering the bid process.
- July 19, 2019: The Wald Park bid tabulation was discussed at the Council work session. Bid approval will be on the agenda for the Monday, July 22 Council meeting with a request for unanimous approval. If approved, the next phase of work at Wald Park will begin July 25, 2019. Click HERE to view the bid tab.
- June 25, 2019: City Manager Jeff Downes hosted a Lunch & Learn where he presented an update on the construction plans for Cahaba Heights Athletic Complex, Wald Park and the Community Building. Click HERE to view the presentation. Click HERE to view the presentation notes (provided by Councilor Kimberly Cook).
- June 24, 2019: Updated project dates were presented during the City Council meeting. (See above)
- June 10, 2019: Construction documents for the Wald Park and Community Building projects were presented during the City Council Work Session by representatives from TCU. Click HERE to view the full presentation. At the Council meeting, the bid for renovation/construction of the Cahaba Heights athletic complex was unanimously approved. The low bidder is Stone Building LLC and their bid is within the constraints of previously established budget for this project. The bid documents are available for viewing in the June 10, 2019 Council Agenda Packet at https://vhal.org/government/agendas/.
- 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 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. Wald Park Tree Save Plan
- 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