MADISON (WHNT) – Madison drivers need to prepare for another road project that will cause traffic delays and detours for the next three to four months.
On Thursday, June 12, the city will begin work replacing the Wall Triana Bridge.
The bridge was built in 1935. It can only bear 13 Tons, falling short of today’s 40 ton standard. Mayor Troy Trulock says not only is the bridge outdated, it is dangerous.
The bridge lacks guardrails, and there is a sharp fall off on either side.
The $930 thousand dollar project, funded in part by ATRIP, includes adding three large pipes under the existing bridge. They will then remove the bridge and fill it in the surrounding area with rock, gravel and grass. The two lane bridge will be expanded to three lanes, with grass on either side.”
“So if someone rolls off the bridge they’ll go off into grass as opposed to rolling off and hitting a ditch and hurting themselves,” said Trulock.
In addition to a third lane, they will also add a sidewalk for pedestrians and cyclists, so students can safely walk or bike to the nearby Bob Jones High School.
A portion of Wall Triana Highway will be closed during the roadwork. The road will be closed from Eastview Drive to Browns Ferry Road, and will only be open to residential traffic. A detour routes commuters along Hughes Road.
The project is expected to be complete by September.