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Traffic Alert: Concrete barricades up on O’Neal Bridge

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Construction workers replaced the orange traffic cones on O'Neal Bridge in Florence with concrete barricades.

Alabama Department of Transportation officials confirmed they will be up for a majority of the restoration project.

"On the bridge it will be stop and go," stressed Florence Police Officer Jeremy Keeton. "We want to make sure everyone is safe, and make sure everyone gets to where they're going safely. So, again, plan on taking an alternate route if possible.

Keaton said the best route across the Tennessee River is Singing River Bridge off Helton Drive. More detour and bridge work signs are out to remind drivers. The speed limit in the area is 25 MPH.

A multi-million dollar rehabilitation project is underway. The concrete barriers are a safer way to get the work done. Upgrades include lighting and painting, as well as structural improvements.

The rehabilitation is required maintenance and could take up to two years to complete.