Wall Triana Bridge project delayed

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)- The Wall Triana Bridge in Madison has been under construction for two months.  The newer, safer and wider bridge was set to be finished in late September.

“They wanted to change one of the retaining walls, the design,” explains Madison Mayor Troy Trulock.

The city of Madison received word Wednesday that the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)  wants to alter part of the bridge design.

“They’d previously approved, looked at it, and said we want to change the design,” said Mayor Trulock, “so as a result of that, we are going to have spend a little bit more time on the bridge here.”

“It’s okay as they do a good job on the bridge. We’ve needed this bridge for a long time,” said resident Marsha Farrell, “it was very dangerous, very old so…whatever it takes.”

The new design pushes the completion date from late September to late October, and will prompt conversation between the city and ALDOT about the difference in price.

“The additional change is $140,000 so we’ll have to discuss that,” said Trulock, who says the city has been working in a partnership with ALDOT.

Trulock still takes pictures of the progress everyday to make sure the main artery is open to the public as soon as possible.

The end result will be that we’ll have a much better community for all the infrastructure that we’re working on. So for the meantime, please pardon our progress,” said Trulock.

The project replaces a 79-year old bridge. The new, wider bridge will have a sidewalk to accommodate pedestrians and the higher traffic in the area.

4 comments

  • Rusty Mullin

    Did anyone think this wouldn’t take longer than the original stated time? I just hope (foolishly of course), that since Wal-Triana, County Line, and Madison Pike are all simultaneously having construction, that we can avoid any more bad timing moves like happened on Slaughter at rush hour the other day. Someone decided that with all the traffic congestion that what we really needed was to close another lane so that light bulbs could be switched at the Farrow Road and Slaughter intersection. They blocked a turning lane with a big lift truck and replaced those lights right at rush hour. The Bob Jones parade on Sept. 27th will complete the transformation from city streets to parking lots.

  • Ralph Connor Jr

    I just hope they were smart enough to create a bridge that is also wide enough to support a widening project to 4 lanes all the way from 72 to where the four lane ends north of Sullivan Square… This has to happen sooner or later. But that probably wasn’t considered, either….

  • Jon Do

    I used to live in a neighborhood just up the road from that bridge, and after years of increasing traffic on the overloaded 2 lane roads through the middle of town (some with a third turn lane), that congestion was part of the reason we moved to Huntsville – where 4-lane roads, typically with a 5th turn lane, are the norm. Not to mention that Madison build two or three schools on every north-south road…

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