MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – A major thoroughfare through Madison is blocked while crews work to replace a bridge over the Mill Creek.
That worried a WHNT NEWS 19 viewer, who emailed the newsroom asking WHNT to find out how it’s going to affect children trying to get to school when classes start August 5th.
WHNT NEWS 19 took action and found the project is running behind schedule.
District officials for Madison City Schools have already taken steps to make sure it’s still a smooth ride for students who ride buses to school.
Right now, the construction site on Wall Triana may look like a big mess, but it’s a welcome sight to Bobby Jackson.
“I’m just so glad that the city has decided to replace that bridge because it was a safety factor for large vehicles,” said Jackson. He runs the transportation department for Madison City Schools.
“It was a narrow bridge for these buses. If they make a move too far to the right, they’re going off that bridge,” he said.
Work crews on the scene said it has been a rough three weeks since they shut down Wall Triana, detoured traffic and started working to replace the bridge.
They blamed the weather and complications with moving utilities for delaying them.
It’s an $877,000 project with the money split between the federal government, state government and city of Madison. Now, crews are aiming to be finished by September 30th.
In the meantime, Madison City Schools had to make adjustments to the bus schedule.
“They’ll either use Eastview or they’ll use Bridgefield, the subdivision right across Reserve Way and go around that way to still pick up the kids that are in Mill Creek Crossing, and up and down that road. We have some and also going into Park Meadow,” Jackson explained.
He noted the detour will probably add about five minutes to the pick-up and drop-off times for students, but it’s worth the inconvenience for the safety that comes with the new bridge.
Parents can see the bus routes by clicking here. (Type in just the name of the street on which you live into the search box.. no numbers.) The information includes an estimate of the time of the trip. Jackson said that will be re-adjusted once the bridge is finished.
And he was happy to report that children will be comfortable during the bus ride, since every one of the 63 buses in the fleet has working air conditioning.