Jackson Co. road closure sparks confusion among some drivers

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Some Jackson County residents are questioning the reasoning behind why a County Road is partially closed.

Driving along County Road 96 in Jackson County, you’ll pass the TVA coal plant, and then you’ll promptly hit a ‘Road Closed’ sign. “The county had to close the bridge on the fifteenth due to an inspection done by the State,” Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says, “They recommended that we close it due to the conditions it was in.”

Hodges says that’s where the confusion came in. The county has an agreement with TVA to close that part of the road for a set number of hours, five days a week. Hodges says many drivers thought the road was closed for good for TVA use only.”We’re trying every way to get the word out there and let folks know that this has nothing to do with the TVA road closure, it’s because of the bridge itself,” he says.

As for the bridge, the county plans on fixing it, but Hodges says it all depends on how much of those funds they’ll have to spend. “If we’re having to replace the bridge, it’s probably not going to happen,” Hodges says, “If it’s something we can do to try to repair the bridge and make it safe, we’ll try to do that.”

In the meantime, a detour is set up for drivers. Hodges says they plan to have an estimate on the cost of the repairs next week.