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Editorial: 14 months of The Apocalypse of Central Alabama

1-20/59 in Birmingham

Interstate 20/59 in downtown Birmingham.

To our west, the Apocalypse of Central Alabama has arrived. Interstate 20/59 is closed in the heart of Birmingham, signaling the start of a 14-month travel nightmare that exemplifies our helplessness when aging roads and bridges near failure and require repair.

Politicians and engineers call this “infrastructure,” which is like describing bikinis as female beach coverings. Instead, call this what it is -- the roads we drive to work, the bridges we use to traverse rivers, the interstates we rely on to deliver food and merchandise. Without them, our daily routines become nearly impossible.