Limestone Co. bridge to be replaced thanks to Rebuild Alabama grant

Grant Money to fund bridge repair

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Governor Ivey announced $1.5 million in grants to address some problem areas for roads and bridges throughout the state.

A more than 60 year old, one lane bridge is going to be rebuilt thanks to Rebuild Alabama grant dollars.
A more than 60 year old, one lane bridge is going to be rebuilt thanks to Rebuild Alabama grant dollars. (Source: WAFF)

One of the big winners will be drivers who go over a bridge on Thatch Road in Limestone County.

Adam Allen lives on Thatch road. He tells us luckily he doesn’t have to cross it to get to his home, but that’s not the case for everyone.

“Cars cross it pretty regularly. Cars cross it on the daily," Allen said.

Thanks to $250,000 from the Rebuild Alabama program, the bridge will be completely rebuilt soon. The money was generated from the state gas tax of six cents per gallon.

Limestone County engineer Marc Massey says it’s been a long time coming.

“We’ve been trying to get this bridge replaced for probably about six years,” Massey said.

Massey says it’s in such bad shape, it has to be inspected every three months. And it has been that way for the past four or five years. County Commission Chairman Collin Daily says he’s thankful for the Rebuild Alabama Program.

“I know that nobody wants to pay more taxes in any form or fashion but with any service you have to provide, someone has to pay for it. Without things like this, I don’t know how we would do projects,” Daily said.

And Allen agrees.

“The money hitting our pocket books sometimes hurts. But there’s a reason and a need for it. These roads definitely need taking care of and some of these bridges are pretty old and need taking care of,” Allen said.

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