Bridge in Albertville closing for replacement

(Source: WAFF)
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Updated: May. 2, 2018 at 11:02 AM CDT
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ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) reports that they will be closing the bridge at Drum Creek off Highway 205 for replacement.

Usually the cars are over the double line and it's just a scary bridge.

Along Highway 205 in Albertville, according to 2016 traffic counts by the Alabama Department of Transportation, about 3,400 drivers cross the bridge at Drum Creek on an average day.

Now, the two-lane bridge is about to undergo a $2 million replacement project.

The bridge was originally built in 1923, making it 95 years old. Those that live here are relieved to see it being replaced over concerns on its safety and structure.

It's scary to go to the mailbox, because you never know. People lose control and stuff. said Marion Wyatt. She and Kathy Zawadzki both live near the bridge off Highway 205. They say they have witnessed a number of accidents in this area. They are looking forward to the new bridge and hope drivers will slow down.

I've lived here approximately 3 years and out of them 3 years, 20 to 30 accidents. I'll be sitting on my front porch talking on my phone and I have to hang up with people because cars are flying into the poles or going into the bridge and I'm worried somebody is hurt. said Zawadzki.  

ALDOT says the new bridge at Drum Creek will be several feet wider and 30 feet longer, making it much safer than the 1923 version.

The bridge will close next Monday, May 7th. Construction is estimated to be complete by next spring.

You will want to take Highway 431, which runs parallel to 205 during construction. Only local traffic will be allowed until the project is complete.

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