MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Wednesday brought a flurry of activity to the site of the new Blake Bottom Road bridge over Indian Creek. After months of delays due to weather and other concerns, large sections of the bridge – prefabricated in Pelham – began arriving.
For Commissioner Phil Vandiver it was an exciting moment. The $1.7 million project is in his district. Speaking of the delays, he said, “this is a new project for ALDOT (Alabama Department of Transportation). They’ve gone through some periods where they’ve double checked the safety issues to make sure all the specs are right.”
The bridge is one of the first of its kind in Alabama. Crews hoped assembling the sections on site – rather than building from the ground up – would shorten construction times. Although that didn’t turn out to be the case in this instance, ALDOT is still considering the method for future projects.
Even with the delays, Vandiver says the Blake Bottom Road bridge will be finished in the same amount of time traditional construction methods would have taken. However, given rain forecasts and the upcoming holidays, crews are reluctant to give a firm timeline for completion. Vandiver adds, “if it takes an extra month, I’m sorry. We’re trying to move forward as fast as we can, but we want a safe bridge here, first.”