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PHOTOS: A hike down 459

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Like many Alabamians, Ian Kirkconnell of Vestavia Hills got stuck on I-459 near Highway 280 Tuesday evening. On his way back to his car near Liberty Park from the Acton Road McDonald's, the Eagle Scout snapped the above photos.

Here's his story in Ian's words:

"I got stuck in the jam on I-459 North right by the Highway 280 interchange last night. I drive a 1999 Ford F-150. I waited for two hours there and ended up off-roading to the Colonnade. I parked in the Cracker Barrel parking lot and was picked up by a friend from work in his 4x4 truck. We drove to Altadena, in the process getting the Hoover sheriff out of a ditch.

"I spent the night at [my friend's] house and got up the next morning, waited until it warmed up, then he drove me to McDonald's just off of I-459, and dropped me off to start my hike to Liberty Park. I love hiking, I'm an Eagle Scout, and I was well prepared to make the trek, and wanted to get home to my mom, so I saw it as a fun adventure.

"I hiked past where I had gotten stuck the night before, and stayed far to the right side of the highway, on the other side of the infinite line of stranded vehicles where there was grass instead of ice. After hiking for an hour and a half I discovered the source of the I-459 North blockage. Some men and police officers, I assume from the Dept. of Transportation, were holding up traffic a quarter mile before the really tall bridge over the Cahaba River. They would let one or two people go down the hill to get speed, cross over the bridge, and continue on up the hill on the way to liberty park. It was good to see some form of traffic control, albeit slow, taking place. Definitely a little scary walking on the far side of the bridge 150 feet above the icy Cahaba River with semis zooming just to my left every minute or so. However it was also very cool! I made it further along, saw the Statue of Liberty, cut through behind the scout office to Liberty Parkway, made it a little way down the road and gladly accepted a ride from a neighbor who was able to make it back to my house to drop me off.

"I had a very fun trip and was glad to be back home safely. I also enjoyed seeing a lot of neighborhood members out helping, doing their best to clear cars off the road. Also a few men were spreading fertilizer to de-ice the roads. It worked quite well."

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