GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A crucial artery for Marshall County is still closed for repairs after flowing water undermined the road on Dec. 30.
A portion of Alabama 79, the highway from Guntersville to Scottsboro, is closed to all traffic as of Dec. 30, ALDOT reports. The closed section stretches from U.S. 431 to Columbus Road, which is mile markers 71.7 to 74.6. This affects both north and southbound traffic.
ALDOT says water flowing outside a pipe underneath a section of road there has weakened the road above. An additional pipe failure has also been discovered.
ALDOT says they have an emergency declaration in order to seek bids and award a contract for the work in short order. As it stands, the state anticipates work beginning later this week (Jan. 4-8) and the closure remaining in place through most of next week (Jan. 11-15.)
The ALDOT-recommended northbound detour for commercial vehicles is: U.S. 431 North to Interstate 565 East, to U.S. 72 East, to Alabama 79. The southbound detour for commercial vehicles is: U.S. 72 West to I-565 West, to U.S. 431 South.
Cathedral Caverns Highway through Grant to U.S. 72 is also a more direct route.