MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — There’s good news for people in western Madison County. Blake Bottom Road is now open. The bridge construction is complete and is now safe for drivers.
Madison County Commissioner Phil Vandiver was out at Blake Bottom early Friday afternoon making sure the final touches were getting completed.
The project has taken roughly eight months to complete and Vandiver said it shouldn’t have been that long.
“We ran into weather concerns, contractors did not do what they were supposed to do, we were just trying to work through the issues, trying to get the road open for people to use it again,” he said.
Signs of life at the bridge have had residents in the Monrovia community sitting on the edge of their seats. Several people emailed WHNT News 19 this week to ask us for a status update. The guardrails went up earlier this week and on Friday, crews finished paving and laid down the striping for the road.
“I live out here and work out here and people come to me daily and say, ‘Hey, when’s the bridge going to be back open, what’s taking so long?’ said Vandiver. “I appreciate their understanding. This has taken a long time.
Despite the lengthy project time and a few delays, Vandiver said he feels confident with the project. This is one of the first pre-cast bridges ALDOT has ever done.
“We’ve all had a learning curve with it, we’re trying to move on, we’re ready to build another one if it presents itself to us, we know how to do it better and quicker now,” said Vandiver.
Officials said you should expect some delays as project is finalized. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when workers are present.