Governor Bentley expected to visit Marshall County Friday morning for groundbreaking

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Double Bridges

Double Bridges

ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) — Governor Bentley will be in Marshall County Friday morning to commemorate the groundbreaking of the county’s biggest project to date.

Double Bridges near the Asbury community in Marshall County can be dangerous if drivers don’t know the area. Essentially, Double Bridges is two one-lane bridges that span a large drop off filled with rocks and water.

There have been deadly accidents on the stretch. An Asbury volunteer firefighter died in an accident on that stretch of road several years ago.

Marshall County officials have been wanting to redo that part of the road for decades.┬áNow, it’s a reality. Friday, the governor, state, and local officials will commemorate the milestone.

“We’re having a groundbreaking for the Double Bridges project,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says, “This is the largest project we’ve ever had in Marshall County, as a county project.”

Partially funded through ATRIP, it’s a $5.1 million project.

“We’re very excited, and if it hadn’t been for the governor’s project, his ATRIP project, it wouldn’t have happened,” Hutcheson says.

The plans are to connect the roads with a straight bridge, which will create a safer passage for drivers, large trucks, and the school buses that travel it.

“We’re just very excited that this is going to happen,” Hutcheson says.

The groundbreaking is set to start Friday morning at 10:00 at the construction scene on Martling Road.