Highland Avenue overpass
The Highland Avenue overpass is the section of Highland Avenue which continues over the Elton B. Stephens Expressway (U. S. Highway 31) near 23rd Street South and 11th Avenue South. The expressway was tunneled below grade between the existing Highland Plaza and Highland Tower multistory apartment buildings.
The approximately 287-foot long tunnel consists of cement walls on either side of the six-lane highway with square, cement columns bounded by metal safety railing separating the north- and southbound lanes. Illumination is provided by a series of lights along the tops of the walls and both sides of the central columns.
In October 2010, the phrase "You Are Beautiful" was painted on the south side of the overpass, generating a great deal of reaction, much of it positive. The message was later defaced, clumsily repainted, and finally painted over entirely in April 2011.
- "Expressway Work To Close Highland" (May 18, 1966) Birmingham Post-Herald - via Birmingham Public Library Digital Archives