Madison County bridges may get facelift

By Robyn McGlohn - bio | email
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MADISON, AL (WAFF) -Four bridges in Madison County might soon get a facelift; however, the money is not quite in the hands of the County engineer, but they're ready to start the work once it's handed down.

In a widespread effort to make bridges safer, four in Madison County might soon be replaced.

A roughly three million dollar project that'll start when the stimulus money is handed down from the Federal Government.

The bridges include:

Blake Bottom Road over Indian Creek in Monrovia.

Pulaski Pike over Beaverdam Creek, just North of the Toyota plant.

Love Branch Road over Leslie Branch in Toney.

Low Gap Road over Glover Creek near Owens Cross Roads.

While all are major undertakings, the one of most concern is in Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong's district.

"It's a one point five million dollar expected ticket to replace this bridge," said Strong of the Blake Bottom Road over Indian Creek.

He said they'll have to close a portion of Blake Bottom Road which runs East and West, causing headaches for folks who live in the county.

"It will be a very bad inconvenience for us," said Patti Hall who lives nearby and uses Blake Bottom Road to cross the Indian Creek quite often.

"For convenience wise it will be difficult for us, we don't work so it's not going to be a major traffic tie up in the morning or the afternoon," said Patti Hall.

For the ten-thousand plus who travel that road on a daily basis, Strong said he wants it done and done quickly.

"We're hoping we can encourage the 12-hour work days and then also set a time limit that the bridge be completed and then if it's not have penalities until it's completed," said Strong.

Completion, nor a start time is on paper just yet; it may be months even before work crews are in the area.