HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The bridge is on Dan Tibbs Road just west of Research Park Boulevard. The old, and narrow bridge passes over one of the many creeks that meander through Madison County. The bridge is often busy, and almost always a worry to drivers. "All the time, all the time. It's narrow, and when there's traffic the big trucks come over, you're scared about getting too close to the edge. There's always a problem with the bridge," says Leslie Caudle.
Leslie is a neighbor for the bridge, and unaware that Madison County already has plans to replace the bridge. Those plans however are months in the future. The near term problem is the fact that the bridge has signs at either end warning drivers that there's a three-ton weight limit.
Three tons translates to 6,000-pounds. The average SUV can weight at least that much. A loaded pick-up truck can easily top the weight limit, while a school bus might weigh 20-thousand pounds or more. At most any time of the day you can watch vehicles that weigh more than the listed limit cross the bridge on Dan Tibbs.
The bridge will be replaced, but driver Leslie Caudle says something needs to be done before that, "At least put a limit, and stop the traffic coming through. You know those heavy trucks that are causing the problem," says Leslie.
Not too far from the Dan Tibbs bridge, Madison County is already replacing a bridge on Blake Bottom Road. A viewer emailed WHNT News 19 to say something needs to be done to make the Dan Tibbs bridge safer, because we couldn't afford to lose it too. We agree, and that's why we're taking action and contacting county officials. The weight limit needs to be enforced.